The Savannah State University (SSU) Model United Nations Team traveled March 11 to Taipei, Taiwan to compete in the Harvard World Model United Nations conference, returning home March 22 with an individual award for diplomacy.
More than 2,000 delegates from more than 70 countries attended the conference, in which students take on the roles of ambassadors from United Nations member states and research and debate international issues. Savannah State’s nine-member team represented Libya, and team president Lamont Chad Mignott earned the Diplomacy Award in the African Union Committee.
It was the third time in five years that SSU — one of only two historically black colleges and universities to attend the conference — won an honor at the international level.
“Model UN has taught me, specifically, the importance of cultural and political awareness and tolerance,” said Mignott, a sophomore political science major from Ocho Rios, Jamaica. “This organization has provided an eye-opening experience for me.”
Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science, revitalized the Model United Nations program at SSU in 2004. The team participates in two conferences each year — the Harvard international conference and the Southern Regional Model United Nations conference, where members won Best Delegation, Diplomacy, Most Improved Delegate and Best Delegate awards in December.
“Every time I travel I am amazed by Savannah State students’ ability to shine amongst their peers,” said George Seaborough, the team’s graduate adviser and an SSU alum. “This performance truly shows you can get anywhere from here.”
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.
The university’s approximately 3,800 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree majors and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.