SSU Delegation Wins International Model UN Awards for Fourth Straight Year


SSU's Model UN cohort brought back another round of awards from the National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City. This year they served as the Cuban delegation.

Sonoma State University Model United Nations class has received three awards at the recently concluded National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City, says advisor Professor Cynthia Boaz

"We can all be very proud of our SSU student delegation," said Boaz, who heads the UN class for SSU. "These students have worked together since September to create a real-life diplomatic delegation that was officially recognized for their abilities, preparedness and dedication."

SSU students were this year selected to represent Cuba, which brought extra diplomatic challenges given the nature of world geopolitics. The delegation met with the Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN in preparation for their presentations, and spoke with Cuban representatives about policies and current issues.

The twenty-six students from Sonoma State placed resolutions and debated in thirteen committees during the five day conference, and were awarded three distinguished awards for their efforts: a Third Place Award for Overall Delegation, Best Position Paper Award for the UNIDO Committee, and Outstanding Delegate Award for the UNESCO Committee. For more information, see

This is the fourth year in a row that the SSU delegation has come home with awards from the NY Conference. They have received a total of nine awards in that time. Only ten percent of all delegations receive awards.

More than 5,000 university delegates from all over the world come to New York City each spring to debate current real-world United Nations issues, submit and debate resolutions and solve global problems.

The conference is a leading forum that fosters global citizenship and addresses issues related to regional conflicts, peacekeeping, human rights, woman and children, economic and social development and the environment.

For more information, contact Cynthia Boaz at 707-799-1202 or

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