Hundreds of Students from 14 Houston Area Schools Tackle the World’s Toughest Challenges in 11th Annual Global Classrooms Model UN

April 6, 2013

HOUSTON — Hundreds of students from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) are attending the United Nations Association of the USA’s (UNA-USA) Global Classrooms® Houston Model UN Conference today at Lanier Middle School. In Model UN, students role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups, and nongovernmental organizations in simulations of UN bodies. Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed schools around the globe with its ability to cultivate global literacy, life skills, and attitudes necessary for global citizenship.

UNA-USA’s Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow Ryan Kaminski will keynote the conference. Now in its 11th year, Global Classrooms Houston serves more than 1,800 local students and involves 14 schools, as well as volunteers from six area universities. Global Classrooms is aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

“Students’ participation in Model UN today marks the beginning of a long period of engagement between them and the work of the United Nations,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “Participants in the Houston conference become members of UNA-USA today, and they can immediately engage with our Houston Chapter and work on the global issues they care most about.”

Global Classrooms continues to provide curricular units and professional development support to HISD schools, in addition to the conference. It provides middle and high school students the opportunity to experience a Model UN conference and connect with the larger Model UN community.

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at

About Global Classrooms

The United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Classrooms Model UN is an educational program that engages public middle school and high school students in the United States and abroad in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms is the only comprehensive program of study and instruction based on Model UN, the largest Model UN network both inside and outside the United States, and the only Model UN provider focused on underserved populations. Impacting more than 25,000 students and teachers annually, Global Classrooms is implemented as a stand-alone curriculum, co-curricular, and as an after school program. For more information, visit

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit