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Global Learning

Model U.N. Students Navigate Global Policy Issues

Ten students from The Northwest School’s Model U.N. Interest Group attended the student-run Pacific Model United Nations Conference (PACMUN), on Nov. 22-24, at the Sheraton Hotel. They participated in a wide range of committees and assemblies, including the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Senate, among others.

This year was senior Atticus M.’s second year of attending the conference, and he was placed with 20 other participants on a new committee called the Constitutional Convention.

“It was our job to draft a new U.S. constitution for a modern era,” explained Atticus. “We had to focus on specific issues, such as reproductive rights, gun control, education, and states’ rights.”

The Constitutional Convention was set in the future, in which the “Cascadia Riots” created a new country in the Pacific Northwest. Participants received short character sheets that help influenced how their delegate should vote. Atticus’s role was as a heavily left-leaning liberal.

“I was pro-choice, I was heavily supportive of gun control, but at the same time, I also had to work with other people,” said Atticus. “If you have both liberals and conservatives in the room, you can’t just keep your viewpoint and not make concessions. You won’t get anywhere.”

Atticus joined the Model U.N. Interest Group because he was drawn to the discussion of domestic and international politics at school with a focus on learning from competing viewpoints.

“There is so much going on in the world, it is difficult to stay current with international politics and international students can get lost in the dizzying fervor of domestic politics,” said Atticus. “We try and help out both of those groups with discussions that showcase both sides of the argument that aren’t always presented by the media.”