Collegiate Council on World Affairs: A Year in Review

December 8, 2022

Collegiate Council on World Affairs: A Year in Review

Students Andrew Sasu, Camryn Reitz, Alexander Steenrod, Tyler Littlejohn, Sophia Exline & Eva Scherrer from the Ohio State MUN team attend the Boston Conference.

As 2022 comes to a close, Ohio State’s Collegiate Council on World Affairs (CCWA) reflects on their organization’s many noteworthy experiences. Over the course of the year, CCWA has welcomed over 20 new members, all while hosting weekly meetings that included faculty presentations, student presentations, and community speakers.

Some highlights from the past twelve months include hosting Professor Ana Galvão, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, to discuss race and education in Brazil. The Model United Nations (MUN) team, included within CCWA, raised over $150 for the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio as a part of their semester-long focus on women’s reproductive rights. 

The MUN team is a made up of mostly new members, some of whom have never done Model UN before. The MUN team attended four different conferences at different schools throughout the country: at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Boston University, and Georgetown University. 

This coming March, CCWA will be hosting their annual Model United Nations Conference for high school students, MUN@OSU, on campus. In 2021, the conference was virtual and had over 100 attendees. CCWA is expecting two to three times this number for their event this March. The OSU Model UN team also plans to attend four highly regarded upcoming conferences for the spring 2023 semester, at Harvard, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia. 

When asked, members of the Collegiate Council on World Affairs mentioned some primary goals for their organization for the upcoming year:

  • Acquire more faculty and community speakers for the organization.
  • Gain 400 to 500 attendants for MUN@OSU.
  • Hold an active Model UN team of 35 to 40 students.
  • Rank top 20 in the world for Collegiate Model UN.