Sociology Major Receives Award at World Model UN in Taipei
Glenside, Pa.—April 26, 2010—Arcadia University senior Kimberly Martel ’10, a Sociology major with a minor in Communications, and a resident of Cumberland, R.I., was one of 12 Arcadia students who participated in Harvard World Model United (WMUN) in Taipei from March 14-18.
She also was one of the two Arcadia students who received the award for “Exemplifying the true spirit of Diplomacy in the Disarmament and International Security Council," for a resolution dealing with issues of policy, diplomacy, planning, implementation, collaboration, and civil society.
Martel was one of the main writers of the resolution that her committee, representing Venezuela, passed. This is no small feat in conflict resolution—especially regarding the topic of nuclear nonproliferation. She gave speeches and addressed the committee and collaborated with representatives from other countries.
Each year Arcadia students participate in MUN, and this year as in the past, participants agree that it is one of the most real and lasting ways for students to experience the global perspective that Arcadia provides. “It isn't a vacation or a party opportunity while abroad, it's about the application of our education in a real way,” says Martell.
“It's about being open-minded to new ideas,” says Martel. “If you remain open at MUN you will learn so much not only about the topics you are discussing, but about different cultures, countries, and people from all corners of the globe.”
About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad, ranked #1 in undergraduate participation in study abroad (Open Doors 2009). Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top master’s universities in the North, as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation, and as a “top up-and-coming school.” The Physical Therapy program is ranked 7th in the nation.