AU Students Participate at American Model United Nations


Anderson, Ind. — In November 2022, a group of 20 Anderson University students participated in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference in Chicago, Illinois. 18 students participated in-person, while two others participated as virtual delegates.

At AMUN, students become mock diplomats from their state and promote that state’s interests at the conference. They dress, speak, and act like diplomats at all times at the conference. This year, AU students represented New Zealand and Belarus.

“Overall, I am extremely proud of the work our students did,” said Dr. Connor Sutton, assistant professor of international relations and national security. “AMUN does something we can’t do in the classroom – bring together approximately 1,000 students from around the world with dozens of staff members, most of whom are professionals in related fields, and get them all in the same room for the better part of four days.”

AU students served on committees with the following topics: IEDs, technology in warfare, women in development, combating illicit financial flows, right to food, internally displaced persons, education and democracy, biodiversity and conservation, preventing communicable diseases, and reducing carbon emissions in civil aviation. 

Charis Day and Morgan Rossman also served on the Historical Security Council 1993, which included an emergency session on Bosnia that ran from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Despite each committee holding more than 100 people, nearly every AU student spoke in some form to their respective committees. In some cases, it was a short procedural speech such as making a motion. In other cases, it was a substantive speech to the body.

Next year, AU will return to AMUN and represent Germany. First though, a group of students will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in February for the Model Arab League, sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. AU will represent Libya and Bahrain.

The complete list of AU delegates is below. 

Christopher Blezek

Casey Davison

Charis Day

Kellan Duffy

Michael Ertel

Mary Garcia

Dante Girolimon

Abigail Goldman

Ethan Hall

Jacob Isaacs

Bryce Johnson

Gretta Mesarosh

Korey Rees

Morgan Rossman

Mariah Sanders

Jaden Soller

Levi Taylor

Mylan White

Morgan Wood

Gracie Wyatt

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.