February 20th, 2012
Tucson, AZ – The Arizona Model United Nations (AzMUN) is pleased to invite members of the press to the opening ceremonies of the 50th Annual High School Conference to be held at the University of Arizona on March 2nd.
The AzMUN, an organization run entirely by University of Arizona students, hosts an annual Model UN simulation for high school students every year. This simulation is unique in that it is the only bi-national, bilingual civic education program in existence in the Southwest, and perhaps the United States and Mexico. Over 400 Mexican and American high school students congregate on the UofA campus to learn lessons about international affairs, while also having the opportunity to dialogue with like-minded youth from a neighboring country. The AzMUN provides live-translation and bilingual programming so that attendees, whether American or Mexican, can participate in the language they feel most comfortable in. This body of student work, which has spanned over half a century, has been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Border Research Partnership for exceptional student activism and bi-national education.
“Giving Mexican and American kids the chance to interact with each other in a civil environment is more important than ever,” says Secretary-General James Vancel, “Given the atmosphere around controversies over immigration and drug violence, there has hardly been a better time for youth of neighboring countries to meet each other and dialogue.”
Opening ceremonies will include a ceremonial breaking of the bread over a fully-catered banquet, an address by a distinguished guest speaker and the inauguration of the 50th Session of the AzMUN.
Media interested in covering the event should contact the AzMUN Public Information Officer, Francisco Lara, for additional details and to request the appropriate press credentials.
For more information and media inquiries please contact:
Francisco Lara Garcia, USG Public Information