W&J Model United Nations Team Makes College History

WASHINGTON, PA (March 13, 2013)—A delegation from Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) returned from this year’s Model United Nations Conference at Harvard University with the College’s first-ever recognition at the event.

Led by Associate Professor of Political Science Buba Misawa, 12 W&J students representing Vietnam attended the conference with 3,000 delegates representing 38 countries. Senior Heather Painter received honorable mention recognition as a delegate on the ad-hoc committee on energy.

A resident of South Park, Pa., W&J’s head delegate, and a triple major in English, German and political science, Painter plans to pursue a career in international law after graduation.

“Model UN allows us to experience first-hand how difficult it is to come to a consensus with countries whose political systems, values, cultures, resources and needs are all so very different,” she said.

Misawa credits the students' success to their preparedness.

“It shows a lot of their preparation, strategy in terms of the current issues, and the prominence of the country," Misawa said. "We had a feeling we were ready, that we were going to win. The students performed admirably.”

The universities that won Best Delegation Award are University of Chicago, West Point and University of Pennsylvania. Among those receiving Honorable Mention recognition include Yale University, Princeton University, George Washington University, New York University, United Netherlands, Universidad Simon Bolivar from Venezuela, and Universidad Metropolitana from Venezuela.