Students celebrate 10th year of winning 'Outstanding Delegation Award' during Model Arab League Program
April 2, 2010
DEARBORN / April 2, 2010---A 10-member University of Michigan-Dearborn student delegation recently received top honors during the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Model Arab League Program at Grand Valley State University.
The UM-Dearborn team won the Outstanding Delegation Award while representing the countries of Syria and Bahrain. This is the 10th consecutive year that the team has received the award. In addition, four of the team’s members received the Outstanding Delegate Award. The university has been participating in the program since 1988.
“Over the years, UM-Dearborn has been very successful,” according to political science Prof. Ronald Stockton, who advises the group. “I think we can be very proud of the effort that our students have put into this project, and of their remarkable achievements.”
UM-Dearborn’s student delegation members are Samir Adadow, Rula Aoun, Shahad Atiya, Anton Attah, Gabriella Boyer, Mike Chamie, Elif Cila, Rebecca Karam, Mohammed Nehme and Amine Zreik.
Aoun, who served as head of the Bahrain delegation during the debate, has participated in the event for two years and recommends the experience to other students.
“I wish I had participated each of my four years at UM-Dearborn,” Aoun said. “It’s a great way to get experience in diplomacy and politics and a nice way to meet people at your school and other schools. What’s best about the Model Arab League Program is putting aside your feelings about certain issues to role-play other countries for three days.”
The Model Arab League Program helps students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world and the arts of diplomacy and public speech. Approximately 20 delegations from across the state meet for two and a half days of negotiations. Five-person delegations represent a country and are obligated to represent the views of their government, not their own views. Students specialize in one of five policy areas: Palestine affairs, political affairs, defense affairs, environmental affairs and social affairs. Students study their country’s politics and positions as well as the positions of the other countries in the region. Each student prepares two resolutions that their country would like to see passed and then they work to get the other delegates to support it.
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The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.
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