Berkeley College Model United Nations Team Wins Two Awards at Crisis Conference

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 
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In April 2018, the Berkeley College Model United Nations (UN) team participated in a four-day Model UN Crisis Conference held at New York University, NY. 

“We are proud of our team’s performance at the conference this year, that two members, Sai Rahul Reddy Gunukula and Viktoria Svensson, won recognition with awards in verbal commendation, while Jenny Tomasgard, Daniel Hernandez and Nahom Mogos provided excellent club leadership,” said Darshan Desai, PhD, Assistant Chair and Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®. “By participating in the Model UN Club and these types of conferences, students develop leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and get opportunities to network with other students from all over the world. It is fulfilling to see our students take leadership roles, feel their power and develop a global mindset.”

Dr. Desai served as a Model UN faculty advisor along with Rahul Bedi, PhD, Chair, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business.     

“Model UN is an experience everyone should have during the college years,” Mr. Gunukula, one of the student participants, said. “You get to form new connections with students from about 65 other colleges and universities. You learn to be a leader, or how to bring out the leader already in you.”

Participants in Model UN conferences are placed on committees and assigned countries, organizations or  political figures. They are given portfolios with roles, topics and background guides to discuss. Delegates conduct research and choose positions to debate and, at the end, are often recognized with rewards. 

The awards in verbal commendation recognize students who articulate themselves well while representing their projects accurately and negotiating for a realistic solution.


Photo Caption: In April 2018, ten members of the Berkeley College Model United Nations (UN) Club competed in a four-day Model UN Crisis Conference held at New York University, NY. Conference delegates debate, communicate and problem solve thought-provoking topics. Pictured top row (L to R) are Sai Rahul Reddy Gunukula of Brooklyn, NY; Mariano Avalos of Bronx, NY; Monil Mody of Mumbai, India; Jung Heo of Gimcheon-si, South Korea; Daniel Hernandez of Brooklyn, NY; Jenny Tomasgard of Fjordane, Norway; Viktoria Svensson of Vinslov, Sweden; Nikolai Bazhenov of St. Petersburg, Russia; and Kristina Rodriguez of Yonkers, NY, all Berkeley College students.  Pictured bottom row (L to R) are Professor Valbona Gjoligaj, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®; Darshan Desai, PhD, Assistant Chair and Professor, and Rahul Bedi, Chair, both Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, and faculty advisors to the Club. Not pictured is Berkeley College student Nahom Mogos of Stockholm, Sweden.     
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