A new partnership between Walsh University and the Stark County Model United Nations (SCHMUN) provides valuable education and fosters responsible citizens who will be future leaders in tackling complex global problems with confidence and advocates for social justice.   

Walsh recently hosted a Human Trafficking Symposium, bringing together more than 70 local high school students, community organizations and social justice advocates. The daylong event, funded by the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, included a panel of powerful speakers to offer insight into the various aspects of human trafficking from local, national and global perspectives and to provide value education on safety and prevention.  It was also an opportunity to showcase how Walsh’s Blouin Scholars Program’s mission of fostering servant leaders and change agents in our community relates to issues of social justice and is aligned with the mission of the SCHMUN organization. The day finished with a Model UN experience with robust debate and discussions where students presented their resolutions on the day’s topic. 

Plans for hosting future Model UN events under this partnership are ongoing with topics that will be coordinated with Blouin Scholar topics of activism, leadership and service.  A September symposium will kick off the school year with participants taking part in the annual Community Freedom Summit and Walk for Freedom to raise awareness about Human Trafficking followed by another Model UN experience.