U of L United Nations Association Recognized for False Diplomatic Efforts • The Cardinal of Louisville
By Tate Luckey –
The U of L chapter of the United National Association travels to the area to participate in model sessions, often bringing home a lot of award materials. The club is sponsored by political science professor Tricia Gray.
The chapter, both U of L’s and Louisville Metro’s, works together toward the common goals of inspiring, motivating and sharing the mission of the United Nations. This is done through in-person events, ranging from Model UN lectures to speakers for United Nations Days and leadership training for students.
The chapter chair is Alex Reynolds, a second year political science student. He said the U of L chapter is more focused on advocating for students. “Our club at the moment seems more Model UN [based], but we’re going to start the transition to more advocacy stuff, and even a model EU. It’s a bit in limbo right now.
The Louisville Metro chapter is primarily focused on service, education and leadership. One event described by Gray included the U of L chapter’s partnership with UNA Women to plan for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in March.
The main attraction for most students is to play the role of certain countries and to advocate for these issues. The group recently returned from 42sd International Consortium for International Studies hosted at the University of Indianapolis, where they represented Vietnam, Tunisia, India and France. Louisville placed first and also won numerous awards. Tristan Black won the Best Delegate Award (Council 3), Luke Threlfall won the Second Best Delegate and Best Diplomat (Council 2), Will VanHandorf won the Best Diplomat award (Council 3) and Luka Johnson won the award for Best Character (Tip 1).
“The Model United Nations conferences are fantastic! I have so many anecdotes, like the woman who rushed to me afterwards to tell me that we MUST do the national level! Gray said, pointing out that it was a bonding experience that gives students a taste of real diplomacy and the difficulty in achieving it.
You would be hard pressed to find a student in the club who does not have a great interest in foreign policy; of the six students in the officers’ office, five are political science students and all plan to enter the legislative world. “I think you can just be creative with it. There is an endless amount of problems that you can find and try to solve and take from different perspectives. It’s not a narrow area, you can go from local to international; I think that’s kind of what drove me to get involved with the UN, ”Reynolds said.
Fun fact: Two students from the U of L’s first and second Model UN teams are both now working in the United States Foreign Service.
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