Students in Megan Valenti's Honors Model United Nations class recently traveled to New Haven to participate in "YMUN XLVI," the 46th session of the Yale Model United Nations conference.
Each year, nearly 2,000 students from 80 schools and 40 countries gather on the Yale University campus to explore a wide range of contemporary global issues, while positing and debating actionable solutions to social, economic, political, humanitarian, cultural, environmental, technological, and humanitarian problems. Student delegates work in committees throughout the four-day conference. This year, Taft students Nicholas Baird ’20, Alice Lander ’21, and Kunchok Palmo ’20 were all recognized by Yale for their exceptional committee work.
“I can think of no better way for our students to fully realize the vision of Taft’s Portrait of a Graduate than through their work in Model UN,” says Valenti. “The opportunity to attend a conference such as this, with students from all over the world, and in which they are pushed to think and debate critically, consider varying perspectives, and work to find solutions effectively exemplifies what we want students to take away from a Taft education.”
Taft—and Taft Model UN—alumni Francesca Nyakora ’19 and Dylan Kim ’19 were among the Yale student leaders serving as YMUN XLVI committee chairs.
Taft's year-long Honors Model United Nations course explores the basic workings of the United Nations and its diplomatic role in the global community. Students research, discuss, debate and unpack a range of issues—from human rights and global warming to the complexities of war, peace, and economic disparity. They bring the knowledge and skills developed in the Taft classroom to a number of student-led Model UN conferences each year, including the recent four-day event at Yale; the Harvard Model United Nations Conference, held in February; and the Cornell Model UN Conference, held in April.