Students Take Part in NY6 Model African Union

Several St. Lawrence University students participated in the New York Six Model African Union conference, which took place Nov. 3 to 5 at Hamilton College.

The event brought together African students as well as African-studies students and faculty from across the NY6 and offered the opportunity to study Africa and the African Union through simulation.

This year’s participants included Namarig Kram ’18 of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Mougheis Umar ’20 of Islamabad, Pakistan, and Shanice Arlow ’20 of Khomasdal, Namibia, representing Madagascar; Rian Falcon ’18 of Baltimore, Kylah Holmes ’19 of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Gabrielle Smith ’18 of Brooklyn, New York, representing Angola; and, Chaudhry Niaz ’20 of Peoria, Illinois, and Eloiza Miranda ’18 of Manhattan, New York, representing South Sudan. Madeleine Wong, associate professor and chair of global studies, served as the faculty advisor.

“As a global studies major, I was very involved in the debate because I discussed women's role in society and the patriarchal structures that hinder their development,” Eloiza said. “Through this experience, I engaged with other delegates and gained a perspective on how the African Union can enact change in various countries.”

This was the second year that St. Lawrence University students participated in the NY6 Regional Model African Union.

The New York Six is a consortium of upstate New York liberal arts institutions that includes Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College.


Committee Leadership Award (selected by the committee chairs): to the person that made “the most significant contribution to fostering consensus, capturing the essence of complex issues, and leading the respective Committee and Council toward effective action

  • For the Committee on Peace and Security – Namarig Kram

Outstanding Delegation in Committee Award: This award is voted by all delegations represented in each committee for the delegations they believe contributed to the accomplishments of the Committee/Council

  • For the Technical Committee on Social Matters – Rian Falcon

For more information, visit the Department of Global Studies.