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Photo of CSULA Model United Nations team.

Double honors for Cal State L.A.’s student delegation

‘Outstanding Paper,’ ‘Distinguished Delegation’ awards for Political Science class

CSULA’s Model United Nations delegation represented Turkey in eleven committees under the United Nations. Each committee title is in bold and the students who served as delegates in each committee are listed below (major is in parentheses).

General Assembly Plenary
Joaquin Beltran (Political Science)
Robert Holliday (Political Science)

General Assembly First
Tiffany Frank (Political Science)
Sasha Verma (English)

General Assembly Second
Christopher Rhee (Political Science)
Katalina Villalba (Political Science)

General Assembly Third
Mona Aly (Political Science)
Mayra Aparicio (Political Science)

Security Council
James Dusenberry (Political Science)
Benjamin Kuehnle (Business Administration)

Security Council Working Group
Christopher Aponte (Political Science)
Luis Centeno (Political Science)

Commission on the Status of Women
Morgan Hunter (Political Science)
Laura Jaime (Political Science)

International Atomic Energy Agency
David Becker (Political Science)
Kris Calnon (Political Science)

Office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees
Hugo Perez (Engineering & Technology)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Keith Gallarzo (Business and Economics)
Juan Soto (MA – Political Science)

Organization of the Islamic Conference
Sanjida Milon (Political Science)
Rosa Sanchez (Political Science)

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Representing the Republic of Turkey, Cal State L.A.’s student delegation brought home two major awards from this year’s National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York.

They received the “Outstanding Position Papers” and “Distinguished Delegation” awards. Out of more than 300 colleges and universities, only 32 schools were awarded Outstanding Position Papers and 24 schools were awarded Distinguished Delegation.

The CSULA student delegation comprised of 21 students from Professor Emily Acevedo’s “Comparative Politics” (Political Science 454). The students are listed on the sidebar by committees.

Acevedo, faculty advisor for the CSULA MUN, explained, “This is a very challenging class that requires a high level of commitment and passion from students. …I am privileged to have such dedicated students who put so much of their heart into this class. Our students represented Cal State L.A. with dignity and style, and I am honored to be their professor.”

The National MUN is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association.

For more about Cal State L.A.’s award-winning delegation, go to

Going beyond the classroom for political science lesson

Photo of PAS students (back row, l-r) Long Le, Gabriel Clift, Professor Taylor Dark, (first row, (l-r) Hamlet Zadoorian, Jennifer Damian Remigio, Chris Picasso, and Edwin Hernandez.

Eight members of the CSULA Political Science Association (PSA)—a student club composed of political science undergraduate and graduate students—recently traveled to Sacramento to study the state legislature, and then to San Francisco to attend the annual Western Political Science Association conference.

Accompanied by Professor Taylor Dark of the Political Science department, the PSA students attended six state legislature staff meetings at the State Capitol. The group also met with Henry Castillo, a recent CSULA political science graduate who is now working as a prestigious Senate Fellow in the Capital Fellows Program, one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country.

At the Western Political Association conference, CSULA students attended panels on energy policy, civil rights policy, and gender representation in politics. During the conference, they also interacted with CSULA political science faculty and other academic political scientists from across the country.

“The trip provided an excellent exposure to both day-to-day life in the state legislature, and to the content and style of an academic conference,” said faculty advisor Dark.

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Last Update: 01/12/2016