Penn State Harrisburg

High school students to take on the role of world leaders at 42nd annual Model UN

Model UN

Model UN

More than 300 students from area high schools will tackle some of the most pressing issues in international affairs at Penn State Harrisburg’s 42nd Annual Model United Nations, February 20 and 21 on campus. 

The event is sponsored by the International Affairs Association, a student organization that promotes the understanding of international relations.   

At the event, high school student will simulate the UN, while Penn State Harrisburg students will take lead roles impersonating the UN Secretary General, chairs, co-chairs and staff of different UN committees.

The opening ceremony on Thursday, February 20 at 6 p.m. in the Capitol Union Building is open to everyone and will feature Noorjahan Akbar, an Afghan women's rights activist.

Akbar has written for several Afghan and international media agencies including the New York Times and Al-Jazeera English. In addition, she has participated in the production of radio and television shows at the Radio Television of Afghanistan among others. She has also co-authored and edited three books for women and children, organized protests in support of women’s rights and founded an advocacy organization in her home country.

A senior majoring in sociology at Dickinson College, Noorjahan is also a frequent blogger for the UN Dispatch and Safe World for Women International.