Published On: Mon, Dec 12th, 2016

FAU Diplomacy Team Earns Top Honors at Model United Nations

By: Kelsie Weekes

Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program recently received three awards for academic excellence at the National Model United Nations simulation in Washington, D.C. The team of 22 undergraduates joined college students from 80 universities around the world for a week of debates and discussions on global issues.


Photo courtesy: Florida Atlantic University

FAU’s Antigua and Barbuda delegation received the Outstanding Delegation Award, the highest award given at the competition. FAU’s United Kingdom delegation received the Distinguished Delegation award, and FAU’s India delegation received an honorable mention. FAU ranked second place overall out of the 80 universities in attendance.

“This group of young people is highly talented, motivated and ambitious,” said Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., political science professor in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “They worked diligently to excel at this competition.”

The FAU Diplomacy Program, part of FAU’s Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative, trains students in world affairs, dispute resolution, speech writing, public speaking and debate. The program has won 18 national and international awards for academic excellence since it was established in 1996.

This year’s delegations included the following students: Caitlin Cichoracki, Renzo Broggi, Selene Vasquez, Maria Gloria Contreras Pains, Celina Frye, Marco Parra, Nicolle Barcenas, Laura Lebreton, Grayson Moronta, Juliana Walters, Taylor Tyson, Kristine Sheets, Brittany Husted, Samantha Maesel, Ann Isabelle Baron, Sama Kahook, Balin Kird-in, Nora Douglas, Andrey Piroozgar, Chenchen Su and Nicole Ripoll-Martinez.

For more information about the FAU Diplomacy Program, visit

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