Each Year, GEM brings hundreds of students to the United Nations for a full day experience. Chestnut Hill College has made this trip part the university experience for all undergraduate students.
When: March 9, 2015 (March 13 program coming soon)
Who: Chestnut Hill College
Where: United Nations Headquarters, New York
About the Day:
Working with Dr. Sheldon Miller (Science Dept.) and Jaqueline Reich (Political Science), CHC has created a reverse model program with students reporting on a global problem and getting UN personnel reacting to their understanding of the issue and solution ideas. It centers on the growing climate change crisis for several Pacific Island nations. In their classroom scenario, 50 students were told that a delegation of representatives from the Pacific Island nations of Tuvulu, Marshall Islands and Kiribati asked them to come up with a plan that will address:
(1) what the world can do about climate change that might lessen the effects of the rising sea levels
(2) what can countries do to address the migration of so many Pacific Island people in the coming decades
(3) Related to Climate Change, they also asked what can the Pacific Island nations do to make sure that their human rights are protected under the UN Convention on Human Rights.
CHC students were told that the Pacific Island delegation claimed they are the "canary in the coal mine", and the first people effected so deeply by climate change. CHC instructors have students preparing to come to the United Nations to report their suggestions and solutions in short reports and get additional advice on this issue. The students are doing the background work. Briefing time frame is 75 Minutes.
Itinerary for the Day:
|7:00AM||Depart CHC from lower parking lot near Germantown Avenue|
||9:15AM||Arrive at UN|
||Tour of the United Nations|
||Visit World Trade Center site and 9/11 Memorial|
||Leave for Return Trip to CHC|
||Arrival at CHC|
For more information:
Global Education Motivators (GEM)
Chestnut Hill College, Martino Hall/322
Philadelphia, PA (US)
email@example.com or 215-248-1150