The 2021 PSU Model UN Refugee Challenge

By: Luke Harding, For the Clock

lhharding1@plymouth.edu

On April 25th, Plymouth State is partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide an opportunity for students to unify and discuss global issues and potential solutions or helpful efforts. They have created a Model United Nations event where students, whether or not they have experience with these forums and discussions, can take part in the conversation.

In our current world, refugees around the globe are facing unique challenges and circumstances, and at this event Plymouth State University students have the ability to come together and discuss ways of helping. This conference is centered around two major areas of conversation. The first, “Refugees and the Impact of COVID-19,” is a topic of discussion, specifically unique to the modern world. Coronavirus has affected everyone in a number of ways, and those that already suffer without it are only facing more challenges as the pandemic continues to ravage through the world. The second topic of discussion, “Empowering Refugees Through Technology,” is also especially pertinent in the modern world. Technology has advanced society thoroughly, and it provides the opportunity to help those in need. Both topics will be discussed and debated among students, and they will be provided the opportunity to make a difference.             

Whether or not you have experience with Model United Nations or any other type of advanced debate, this event is an excellent opportunity to explore that field of academic engagement while contemplating ways to improve the world. Refugees are in desperate need for help especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and through technological advancement help is more possible now than it has been before. This event is a chance for students to make a difference; it’s an opportunity to provide support for those who need it most. The impact of COVID-19 stretches well beyond the border of the United States, and the means of helping fellow humans is within our reach. This event is a great opportunity to do so. On April 25th at 6:00 PM, the Model United Nations Refugee Challenge is taking place. Keep an eye out for it and, if you have the means, all are welcome to attend and contribute to a good cause.