FAU Diplomacy Team Receives Distinguished Delegation Award

Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program has received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations competition in New York City.

FAU's Diplomacy Program was established in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters in 1996.


By kelsie-weekes | 3/31/2016

Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program has received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations competition in New York City. A team of 36 FAU undergraduates joined more than 5,000 college students from 350 universities around the world. The week-long competition gives students a chance to step into the shoes of diplomats to solve global problems.

“Each member of this year’s delegation truly cared about the issues, and that’s when you do your best work,” said Yuval Manor, a head delegate in FAU’s Diplomacy Program. 

The FAU Diplomacy Program trains students in world affairs, dispute resolution, speech writing, public speaking and debate. The program has won 13 national and international awards for academic excellence since it was established in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in 1996.

“I spoke with several of the delegates after the competition and many told me they truly found their passion,” said Anne Cathrine Ballegaard, another head delegate. “Many of them want to continue to work in international relations and this competition solidified a path for them.”

This year’s delegation included the following students: Renzo Broggi, Susan Gonzalez, Kelsey Gerks, Seth Bahr, Grayson Moronta, Kristine Sheets, Celina Frye, Juliana Walters, Cristina Pimenta, Shea Fink, Marco Parra, Nicolle Barcenas, Lydia Albert, Selene Vazquez, Isabella Morinelli, Landon Webb, Caitlyn Cichoracki, Gloria Contreras, Anthony Esteva, Anne Cathrine Ballegaard, Yuval Manor, Alexis Rodriguez, Ashley Martinez, Balin Kird-In, Beeta Rezakhani, Nora Douglas, Peter Viverito, Brittany Husted, Marisa Obstbaum, Andrey Piroozgar, Chenchen Su, Nicole Ripoll-Martinez, Sama Kahook, Samantha Maesel, Taylor Tyson, and Seema Patel.

To learn more about the FAU Diplomacy Program, visit www.fau.edu/diplomacy

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