Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- April 28, 2003
Cal Poly Pomona's Model United Nations Team Earns
Honors At International Competition For Sixth Straight Year
A 16-student team from Cal Poly Pomona took home two awards at the National
Model United Nations conference in New York April 14-19. The team, which
represented Belize, garnered Distinguished Delegation as well as the
Position Paper Award.
This is the sixth straight time that Cal Poly Pomona has been an award-winner
at the international competition, the largest student-administered conference
in the country. This year’s conference attracted a record number
of participants, with more than 2,800 students attending, including
those representing 44 foreign universities.
The Distinguished Delegation Award places Cal Poly Pomona in the top
7 percent of colleges and universities at the conference. The Outstanding
Position Paper Award is presented for the research papers individual
students submitted a month prior to the conference, detailing their
designated country’s position on complex issues of international
“This group of students performed at the highest academic and
diplomatic level imaginable while at the same time demonstrating a sophistication,
sense of humor and collegial spirit. It made my New York visit one of
the most memorable of the many years I have attended the National Model
United Nations,” said adviser John Moore, a professor of history.
To get ready for this competition, students participated in a rigorous
preparatory course. They studied the history, culture, demography, politics
and foreign policy of Belize; the history and activities of the United
Nations; world geography and current world affairs; and the rules and
procedures of international diplomacy. Students were granted meetings
with the Belizean Consulate in Los Angeles and at the Belizean Embassy
in Washington. Student members also enjoyed a 2-½ hour briefing
at the Belizean Mission to the United Nations, where senior diplomat
Janine Coye-Felson and Belize’s U.N. ambassador Stewart Leslie
engaged the delegation in a spirited and informed session.
In addition, it was announced during the closing ceremony that Cal Poly
Pomona alumna Jennifer Franco will be next year’s secretary-general,
an esteemed role that will make her the top administrator of the conference.
Franco, a political science graduate in 2000, currently works for the
California State Senate. She was a student delegate on the university’s
award-winning 1999 and 2000 teams.
Student members of this year’s team are: Farrah Hassen (head delegate),
Nichola Lawrence, David Alvarado, Clinton Lorimore, Serouj Aprahamian,
Paul Nurre, Nerses Bezdjian, Richard Reese, Jesse Cerda, Joshua Roche,
Jeanine DiCesaris, Sireen Sawaf, Edward Espinoza, Mohammed Ali Sharif,
Mushtaq Jamal and Sara Shokravi.
Media Contact: Uyen Mai, (909) 869-5331.