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Bethune-Cookman University to Host Model United Nations Conference

February 16, 2009


Bethune-Cookman University to Host Model United Nations Conference
Students from Seven Universities Participating in Annual Event


The Bethune-Cookman University Model United Nations (UN) program will host its 28th Annual Model UN Conference on campus February 18-20, 2009. Participating institutions include: Fayetteville State University, Florida A&M University, Kentucky State University, Schiller International University, Stetson University and Bethune-Cookman University.

Model UN is an academic program that provides students with hands-on experience in civic engagement, communications, international relations and diplomacy through simulations of activities conducted by the United Nations.  To capture the roles of representatives of different countries, students conduct research on that country’s culture, economy, and strategic goals as well as relevant regional and global issues.  During Model UN sessions, students discuss, debate and work together to find solutions.

“We are proud to be hosting our 28th Model UN program at Bethune-Cookman University.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students – and the students from other institutions – to really learn by doing,” noted Dr. Dorcas McCoy, director of B-CU’s Model UN.  “Over the two day session, they will tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our nation and the world.  Through this experience they will learn not only the substance of the issues, but also how to effectively debate and dialogue with people from diverse backgrounds.”

This year’s theme is UN Millennium Development Goal #7: “Ensuring Environmental Sustainability.” Representing over 20 countries world-wide, the student delegates will simulate the proceedings of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The topics for deliberation and resolution are:

1.    Management of Biotechnology: Environmentally Sound Technologies

2.    Combating Desertification

3.    Building Sustainable Human Settlements and Infrastructure

The public is invited attend the Model UN’s opening ceremony and to observe the simulation proceedings.

The opening ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 in the Presidents’ Banquet Room of the Center for Civic Engagement, located at 740 International Speedway Blvd.

The ceremony will feature an internationally themed dinner, cultural dance groups, a cultural attire contest, a roll call of countries and delegates and much more.  Cultural attire is requested.

The Model UN proceedings will be held from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20 at the B-CU Center for Civic Engagement, Wildcat Lounge and Graduate Seminar Room.

In addition, there will be a Law School/Legal Profession and Studying Abroad Opportunities information session Thursday, February 19, 2009, facilitated by Attorney Daryl Parks of Parks and Crump Law Firm and Dr. Keith Simmons of Florida A&M University. The session is open to students of all majors and will begin at 10:00 AM in the Wildcat Lounge of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Professional attire is required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dorcas E. McCoy, Director of Model UN, at (386) 481-2868



Mr. Marcus R. McCoy, Jr. ~ Secretary General ~ Senior ~ Religion and Philosophy
Ms. Chris Robinson ~ Secretary~ Sophomore~ International Studies
Ms. Chandra Fleet~ Treasurer ~ Junior ~ Exceptional Student Education
Ms. Jasmine Burney ~Parliamentarian ~ Senior ~ Political Science
Ms. Nekeia Foster ~Chaplain ~ Senior ~ Music Technology

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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