During spring break, the Carlson School of Management hosted nearly 130 students, teachers, and volunteers from two Spanish immersion schools in the Twin Cities - Highland Park Junior High School and Anwatin Middle School. The students spent the day on campus conducting a United Nations-style discussion - in Spanish - about food aid.
The event was the first Spanish-language Model U.N. conference organized by the United Nations Association of Minnesota (UNA-MN) and and was co-sponsored by the University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Institute for Global Studies
"From our perspective, this event fit very well with CIBER's outreach mission to K-12 students and teachers," says Abby Pinto, CIBER managing director. "It was impressive to watch students grapple with significant global economic issues and country dynamics - and do this confidently in Spanish. We hope they'll stay engaged with major world issues and motivated to continue exploring them."
Model United Nations is part of Global Classrooms, an innovative international education program that engages students from grades 7 - 12 both in the classroom and in simulations involving human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development issues.
"We are very committed to the value of the Global Classrooms program in helping students be more aware of their role and responsibilities as global citizens and we know the Carlson School shares that commitment," says Terry Ellen Robinson, co-chair of the UNA-MN Education Committee.
More information on the United Nations Association of Minnesota can be found on their website.