Hundreds of Students from Chicago Area to Debate World Issues at 10th Annual Global Classrooms Model UN Conference

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Participants from 25 Chicago Public Schools to simulate the United Nations’ work.

More than 500 middle and high school students from the Chicago community will attend the United Nations Association of the USA’s (UNA-USA) Global Classrooms® Chicago Model UN Conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology Fri., Apr. 27. The event will feature prominent UN expert Gillian Sorensen, and discussion topics for students will range from the protection of women and children, refugees, and infectious diseases to multilingual and heritage language education. Now in its tenth year, Global Classrooms Chicago serves 25 Chicago Public Schools and involves many volunteers from area universities. Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed schools around the globe with its ability to cultivate global literacy, life skills, and attitudes necessary for active citizenship, showing that students deeply care about the world outside their local community.

WHAT: UNA-USA Global Classrooms Chicago Model UN Conference


  •     The United Nations Association of the USA
  •     Students from Chicago Public Schools
  •     Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor and National Advocate, United Nations Foundation

WHEN:     Apr. 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT

WHERE:     Illinois Institute of Technology
3300 South Federal St.
Chicago, IL 60616

Media wishing to cover the event should contact Joseph Catapano at jcatapano(at)unausa(dot)org.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign are the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit

Global Classrooms is UNA-USA’s innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. In 1999, Global Classrooms was created to bridge the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved schools worldwide. The program cultivates global literacy, life skills and attitudes necessary for active citizenship by: engaging students in the exploration of international issues and institutions; supporting educators with professional development and innovative learning resources; and enriching communities by nurturing respect for diverse perspectives. For more information on Global Classrooms, visit

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