Alma College’s Model United Nations team has received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. State Department to pursue a U.S. Embassy public diplomacy initiative in New Delhi, India.
The initiative promotes the importance of engaging Indian youth with multilateral international institutions like the United Nations, says Sandy Hulme, Alma’s Model UN faculty advisor.
The grant provides funds for Hulme and approximately 20 Alma students to travel to New Delhi for 10 days in October to help organize and direct a college/high school Model UN conference, as well as engage in outreach efforts to universities and high schools in New Delhi.
In addition, the grant will enable a small group of Indian high school students and teachers to shadow Alma’s Model UN team at the national Model UN conference in New York in April 2015.
This will be the second trip to India for Alma’s Model UN students. In October 2013, Hulme and seven students were invited by the U.S. State Department to help with preparations for India’s national Model UN conference. The Alma students drafted briefing materials, engaged in online conversations with teachers and students from India, and led orientation sessions with conference staff, delegates and teachers.
Alma College’s Model UN team has won top honors at the U.S. national competition in New York City for 18 consecutive years (1997-2014) — the longest active winning streak of any college or university in the nation. Alma College’s all-time 34 “outstanding delegation” awards are the most of any college or university in the 90-year history of the conference.