JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Model United Nations [TCMUN], hosted by InterConnections 21 in partnership with Teton County School District, will take place at Jackson Hole High School on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12.
Twelve schools from Wyoming and Idaho will unite 230 faculty and student delegates for the dates. During the two-day event, students form committees, mimicking UN agencies and researching debate topics while preparing position papers for an assigned list of countries. Throughout conference action, student delegates practice diplomatic language and protocols to best represent their specific nation. They negotiate assigned topics with fellow delegates and work toward consensus to pass resolutions.
Model UN programs have been practiced globally for a half-century. And the popular TCMUN chapter is possible thanks to months of preparation by Teton County 501c3 nonprofit InterConnections 21, an organization dedicated to increasing global awareness and connectivity. Since its 1998 founding, the organization has created signature programming and speaker series with regional, national or international focuses. In 2019, an InterConnections student envoy joined a nine-country international conference at Bilbao, Spain where participants from Jackson Hole earned five of the event’s top awards. In Wyoming and Idaho, specifically, 2,300 students have participated in the Teton County Model United Nations conference since its inception 14 years ago.
Jackson Hole community member and former World Bank economist, Dr. Barbara Herz praises the nonprofit via its website, saying “Interconnections 21 has done truly amazing work with our high school students and with our entire community to bring home…critical global issues that are coloring everyone’s future but which don’t always hit us every day here in Wyoming.”
As a Teton County Green Event, sustainability efforts for the 2019 conference will be lead by and for high school students with High School Senior Sienna Taylor, president of the Students for Sustainability Club, at the helm. Taylor will oversee the reduction of disposable materials overall by employing reusable plates and glasses as well as composting of organics.
As a warm-up for TCMUN, a Sunday pre-conference evening begins at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts where former U.S. Ambassador, Gary Grappo is to set to speak on “America’s Role in a Changing World.” The general community is invited to hear Grappo discuss America’s leadership role in the context of today’s international political climate. This event is free and open to the public.
Not a student? To get a glimpse of TCMUN firsthand (Monday and Tuesday), register for a tour at [email protected].