Above, from left, participants in the Berkeley Model UN program included teacher Vy Hoang, Nancy Sanchez, Lauren Kim, Jairo Alonso, Desiree Tevez, Jose Spindola, Tommy Kim, Michelle Yi, Brian Godoy, Jacqueline Hernandez and teacher Vimal Gairola.

Jose Spindola, a student at the Ambassador School of Global Leadership, speaks to Berkeley Model UN delegates.

By Vimal Gairola
World History Teacher Adviser
Ambassador School of Global Leadership 

With the support of Principal Jackson and the approval of Local District Central Superintendent Roberto Martinez and Operations Administrator Eugene Hernandez, nine students from Ambassador School of Global Leadership at RFK Community Schools participated this month in the three-day Berkeley Model UN Conference. The program was an extension of our school’s global approach to academics.

Our students interacted with more than 1,600 others, discussing and proposing resolutions to environmental challenges, refugee crises, cyber crime and a host of other issues facing the global community. It enriched the learning experience of the inner-city students and inspired them to pursue a college education and seek leadership roles in the community.

“It gave me a chance to interact and communicate with new faces from multiple schools from seven different countries which is a real-world skill that is necessary for global leadership,” said junior Lauren Kim.

Held at the University of California at Berkeley, the Model United Nations is designed to spread awareness of international issues and the spirit of diplomacy through U.N. simulations. The program also helps high school students realize their potential in public speaking as well as policy debate.

“We communicated ideas and took action with fellow delegates to give a voice to these global issues in order to implement solutions,” said junior Desiree Tevez. “Overall, I was given the chance to go out of my comfort zone and improve my own skills, especially in regards to public speaking. I really enjoyed being able to be part of such a diverse conference and experiencing for myself what is out there in the real world.”