COD’s Model United Nations is aimed at advancing the understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues.
The club has been around for about 30 years now at the college and its main focus is a conference during the fall and spring semesters called the Southern Regional Model UN.
Model UN’s president, 21 year-old business student Haroon Atcha, is committed to helping his members prepare for these conferences.
“I love guiding and raising people up the conference level,” commented Atcha, who spends about 20-30 hours a week as president promoting the club, organizing, and preparing for club activities.
In the past Model UN has volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity, raising over $2,500 by just standing outside of grocery markets promoting their club, March 13 they held a cultural show where they featured belly dancers, martial arts performances (see photo to the right), and a silent auction. Businesses like Qdoba and Potbelly’s help sponsor the event.
Model UN meets twice a week and next year they are planning to hold a conference for high schools at the college, similar to the ones they attend every year.
“We will be working all summer on this,” said Atcha, who came up with the idea.
At COD’s Club Award Ceremony on April 16, Model UN won best multicultural/diversity program.
“I’m very proud of my club,” commented Atcha.
“I enjoy leading by example and taking the initiative in finding ways to motivate them.”