Model UN students at the American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference in Chicago November 2021.
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Members of Carthage’s Model United Nations (UN) are back in action after attending their first in-person conference since 2019.

Seventeen Model UN students, accompanied by Professor Jeffrey Roberg, traveled to Chicago to compete in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference on Nov. 20-23. This year, Carthage students represented Armenia and the Philippines.

With very little sleep, but good diplomatic skills, our students tackled issues of international importance such as: developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security; elimination of racism; racial discrimination; xenophobia and related intolerance; assistance to refugees, returnees, and displaced persons in Africa; landmines; the end of colonialism; the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation; human rights for indigenous peoples; innovative pathways to achieve sustainable consumption and production; the poverty-environment nexus; disability-inclusive sustainable development; building resilience to cross-border disasters; women, girls, and HIV/AIDS; and women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

Tyler Kelly ?24 holding his award. Tyler Kelly ’24 holding his award. While at AMUN, Carthage Model UN students joined more than 900 participants from 68 colleges and universities from across the United States and the world who worked to solve problems and tried to “get their way.” In the process, one Carthage Model UN student won the following award at AMUN:

  • Tyler Kelly ’24 for his exceptional representation of the Philippines on the UN Environment Assembly Committee

Congratulations to all of our members!


  • Alex Papiez ?24 (left) and Grace Kucharski ?23 (right) representing Armenia. Alex Papiez ’24 (left) and Grace Kucharski ’23 (right) representing Armenia. Jonathan Allen ’22
  • Joel Branson ’23
  • Gracelyn Footit ’22
  • Andrew Kasica ’25
  • Grace Kucharski ’23
  • Zoe Moreano ’23
  • Alex Papiez ’24
  • Ian Warda ’22


  • Megan Baumeister ?23 speaking at the conference. Megan Baumeister ’23 speaking at the conference. Megan Baumeister ’23
  • Elvira Chiappetta ’22
  • Ivan Gomez ’22
  • Laura Hung ’24
  • Tyler Kelly ’24
  • Dan Lenzi ’24
  • Halla Swindle ’24
  • Abby Trch ’24
  • Maya Zenner ’25

Please congratulate all of these students for their excellent efforts should you see them. They were a great team!

These students represent 14 majors from across the college, including accounting, biology, Chinese, communications, criminal justice, economics, English, finance, graphic design, history, international political economy, marketing, political science, and social science.

Model UN helps students to sharpen their “hard” and “soft” skills through research, writing, public speaking (in front of large groups), and diplomacy (by working in smaller groups). In addition to helping students build and refine these skills, they also see an increase in confidence in presenting their views in a potentially stressful environment.

As a tune-up for our AMUN Conference, our members helped to teach these skills to high school students on Nov. 5 when we hosted our 22nd Annual High School Model UN Conference. We welcomed 148 students from 15 high schools as part of our virtual conference.

Model UN is open to students of all majors. Please explore our website or contact one of our members or Prof. Roberg ( for more information about joining our organization.