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Bethune-Cookman University to Host Model United Nations Conference

The Bethune-Cookman University Model United Nations (UN) program will host its 29th Annual Model UN Conference on campus February 17-19, 2010. Participating institutions include: Fayetteville State University, Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University, Florida Memorial University, Stetson University, and Embry Riddle University.  Students from Mainland, DeLand, and Spruce Creek High Schools as well as Campbell Middle School will participate in the opening night ceremony

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 29th Model UN program at Bethune-Cookman University.  This is a wonderful opportunity B-CU 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 a number of pressing policy 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 U.N. Millennium Goal #8 "Developing a Global Partnership for Development."  The student delegates will represent UN member countries in simulated committee proceedings.  Topics for deliberation and resolution are:  (1) develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system; (2) deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt; and (3)  in  cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.

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 17, 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 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 18  and from 9:00 am until 4:00pm on Friday, February 19 at the B-CU Center for Civic Engagement, Graduate Seminar Room.

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

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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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