Students have been preparing for the rigorous competition by competing in meets throughout Colorado and last year the team competed on the national scale in Washington D.C.
“Our team is thrilled to be representing the United States at Iceland Model United Nations. Model UN topics are real and they are engaging. Our students explore the practices of a well-constructed debate, diplomacy, and even compromise.” said David Benson, Upper School History Teacher and Model United Nations Advisor. “These kids are looking for viable outcomes to complex world matters. And now, we have the opportunity to prepare for simulations with an even broader scope of international competitors. This will surely deepen the global experience for our students.”
The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council continues their support of the team as they have made several annual donations to assist with the team’s travel expenses. Additionally, United Nations Association of Colorado Springs is also sponsoring the team for this competition.
While in Reykjavik, the team will meet Iceland’s President, several politicians and diplomats.
For more information about Model United Nations at The Colorado Springs School, contact David Benson, Upper School History Teacher and Model UN Advisor, on Twitter @dahveedbenson with hashtag #ICEMUN for updates on the competition.
About David (Dahveed) Benson
David Benson has taught Upper School History at The Colorado Springs School since 2005. He teaches AP US History, AP Comparative Politics and African History and is the faculty sponsor of the school’s Model United Nations team. Benson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in French and History. He earned his Master’s degree in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also attained competency in Hausa and Swahili, two sub-Saharan African languages. Before moving to Colorado, Benson was the academic director of the School for International Training’s college study abroad program in Cameroon, Central Africa for 10 years. He has done research and traveled extensively in Central and West Africa, including the Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. Benson has led several groups of CSS students on seminars to Cameroon, Africa. In the summer, Benson is a camp director for the Concordia Language Villages, where he runs the French Voyageur program, a French language wilderness and historical immersion program that takes place in the north woods of Minnesota.