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Entering my Junior year of college, I along with my colleague, Jordon Liggett, together founded The University of South Florida's Model United Nations Program. Our goal was to create a competitive traveling team of students and compete in local and national conferences with no costs to the students. We started without any kind of budget and forged the idea of creating Model United Nation Conferences on a semesterly basis on campus to promote The United Nations in The Tampa Bay Area and give students locally a chance to partake in Model UN meanwhile using our profits to fund the traveling team. We teamed up with the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay to help advertise our conferences to local middle and high schools and held our first High School Conference in the Spring of 2015 which students attended from all over the Tampa Bay Area.
( Picture Below of myself with the students!)
( USF students on Staff, Director Jordon Liggett and Assistant Director Tyler Caley, collaborating in General Assembly)
In conclusion, a large portion of what we learn from Model United Nations, is what we reflect on to others. This is why we wear our western business attire or why we spend countless hours researching, so that we may seem well prepared or credible in conference. The work we put out into the world has a reflection on ourselves and as staff members, it is imperative that we foster an environment for collaboration so that delegates may observe that behavior and implement that among themselves. After all, these are the ideals of the United Nations, to practice tolerance, collaboration, and to unite our strength as an international community to solve global issues.
- Amy Currotto
Amy Currotto ( center) with our USF MUN Guest Speaker The Ambassador of Happiness,
Maura Sweeney ( left) and USF Student Katarina Bokovic (right).