This past fall, Pace Academy hosted its first-ever Model UN Conference online, following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Although the conference was a success, it lacked the important component of live interaction. For this reason, MUN Adviser Helen Smith made the decision that an in-person conference, limited only to Pace students, can be conducted in a COVID-safe manner on April 10. Senior Michael Fu is excited to be a part of Pace’s first-ever in-person conference. “Being in-person elevates the experience above online models,” said Fu.
To ensure COVID-19 safety, this event will not look like a typical conference. Each participant will be required to wear a mask at all times, and social distancing will be enforced.
Thirty-five Pace students will attend the conference, which will cover the topic of universal health coverage and will be particularly targeted towards underclassmen in hopes of giving them a real in-person conference experience. “Our goals are twofold,” said Fu. “First off, for Model UN students to have a feel for how in-person conferences run. Second, for students to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the current healthcare systems around the world.”
According to Fu, Pace hopes to continue holding conferences at the school in the future, as it “acts as a good teaching tool for our students while bringing our Model UN delegates closer together as a group.”
Although participants are looking forward to the in-house conference, the team “misses traveling to conferences in-person and meeting delegates from across the world,” said Fu. The Pace Model UN team hopes to be able to participate in conferences outside of school once again next year.