*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Global Refugee Crisis and How the United Nations Responds

This will be an informative and participatory course, focusing on one of the greatest crises of our time. There are over sixty million refugees globally, and the United Nations is working to aid half of them. This course will explore the many challenges of refugee work and, through a classroom exercise, demonstrate how the United Nations works to respond. April 18: We begin with a documentary film about the refugee crisis followed by class discussion. April 25: This will be a preparation session for a simulation exercise to be held during the third session. The preparation will be led and guided by members of the local United Nations Association Chapter, reviewing the approach, issues, protocol and methodology for a Model UN Security Council debate the following week. (The Model UN Program is a long-standing UN program involving many school and colleges around the world.) In addition, we will determine who will act as ambassadors in the simulation and who will be observers. May 2: This will be a 3-hour “Model UN” session for class members to participate or observe–as “Ambassadors” of the countries making up the Security Council of the UN. This participatory simulation will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Note: Weeks one and two will meet from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Week three will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Instructor Bio:

Mr. Poist is President of the local United Nations Association Chapter, one of 120 such chapters nationwide, that works to inform about the UN and advocate for the UN. He will be facilitating the participation of students in the Model UN process described above. For over twenty-five years, David Poist served as Rector of St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville. He holds degrees from William and Mary, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Johns Hopkins University.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B17 David Poist April 18, 25, May 2 Tu 1:30-3:00 p.m. Unity of Charlottesville A

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