Savannah State University (SSU) students served as delegates at the 27th session of Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) held in Panama City, Panama, March 12-16. SSU represented Romania and Spain, and engaged with more than 1,400 students from 85 different countries across the globe.
SSU students participating in the Harvard WorldMUN conference were: Taylor Bontrager, a senior biology major and SSU Model UN President; Jessica Ahlers, a senior marine sciences major; Wisdom Akpanagan, a senior homeland security and emergency management major; Rufus Crane III, a junior political science major; Shaakira Ferron, a senior accounting major; Janae Jackson, a sophomore business administration major; Naomi McGee, a senior mass communications major; Darius Sanford, a senior marine sciences major; Antwone Smoak, a senior political science major; Zackery Umberg, a sophomore marine science major; Candice Vinson, a senior marine sciences major.
Akpanagan, who served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was the winner of the Chair’s Commendation and recognized at the awards ceremony. “Because this was my first Harvard WorldMUN conference, I was excited and anxious,” said Akpanagan. “This conference has been a great learning opportunity that challenged students to deliberate outside the box and provided us with a platform to better understand the world of diplomacy.”
Otilia Iancu, Ph.D., associate professor of public administration, and Emmanuel Nojang, Ph.D., assistant professor of homeland security and emergency management, served as the faculty advisors for the SSU Model UN student organization. Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, president of the Republic of Panama, said to attendees, “Panama is where worlds meet and cultures unite.”
The SSU delegation was able to take a private tour of the Miraflores Lock at the Panama Canal. Oscar Bazan, executive vice president for Planning and Business Development for the Panama Canal Authority, hosted the tour.