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40th Annual Central New York Model United Nations Conference 2023

Jan 6th-7th

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The Conference

CNYMUN 2023 is going back to Syracuse University! It will operate in-person over the first weekend of January. More information regarding the conference will be posted shortly, and our advisors will be updating clubs and attendees as more information is presented.

CNYMUN is a two-day Harvard style Model United Nations conference with over 500 students in annual attendance. Our conference brings schools and their students together from all over Central New York. Over the course of two days delegates solve global issues through substantive debate. CNYMUN is one of the largest high school-run MUN conferences on the east-coast, organized by the Fayetteville-Manlius Model UN club. We are also one of the longest running high school-run Model UN Conferences. This year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary! CNYMUN is an opportunity, regardless of experience, for high school students to develop invaulable debate and speaking skills while solving the world's most prevalent issues. 

The Conference
Our Theme:

Promoting Global Equity

This year’s conference will challenge delegates to address global issues by focusing more deeply on not just equality, but equity. Promoting global equity means learning about the nuances and complexities of a situation to develop innovative solutions that cater towards diverse countries, communities, and individuals. These multifaceted solutions can distribute resources in a manner that allows all countries to ultimately reach a similar outcome, even from different starting points. As we look at the situation of our world today, we see example after example of situations where inequity is at the root of conflicts or crises. It is only with cooperation and debate that these issues can be properly addressed. With this in mind, CNYMUN 2023 will strive to have delegates advocate for equity within the walls of committee and as citizens of the broader international community.







Keynote Speaker:
John D. Palmer

John D. Palmer is a Professor of Educational Studies at Colgate University and has been teaching courses with a focus on issues of Race and White Supremacy; Equity and Social Justice Education Policy and Practices; and Forgotten, Isolated, and Oppressed Schools for over 21 years. Currently, he is the appointed Academic Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, a scholar’s program that addresses critical social justice education and challenges the education debt by providing academic mentorship to students who thrive far beyond their grit, determination, and perseverance.  


He is the author of The Dance of Identities: Korean adult adoptees reflect upon their identity journeys (University of Hawai'i Press) and lead editor of Internationalization of East Asian higher education: Globalization's impact (Palgrave MacMillan). Palmer has been featured on Arirang Radio, WLSU Public Radio, and Harvard EdCast as well as keynote speaker at the Annual White Privilege Conference, National

Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference, and International Korean Adoptees Association Gathering. He has also been invited to several venues throughout the United States and audiences in Asia (South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and Mongolia) to speak on the issues of multicultural education, social justice pedagogy, policy, and practices, and globalization and internationalization of East Asian higher education. 


Palmer has served as Chair of Educational Studies (2012-2018), Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity (2015-2018), Arnold A. Sio Chair in Diversity and Community (2016-2018), African American Studies Faculty Coordinator (2017-2018) and Asian Studies Faculty Steering Committee (2015-2018). He has led semester-long study groups to Seoul, South Korea (2011 & 2014).


Beyond Colgate University, he is on the board of two nonprofits that serve recently resettled refugees in the Syracuse area -- The Boaz Foundation (educational services) and Building the Bridge Foundation (housing assistance) and serves as a deacon at the Korean Church of Syracuse where he is active with local missionary endeavors. He resides in upstate New York with his wife Woolim and sons David Mingyu and Jonathan Minhoo, and Henry Minjoon.

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 Our Charity:


Childhood Education International

In accordance with the theme of Promoting Global Equity, this year’s conference charity is Childhood Education (CE) International. As a non-profit organization, CE International works to provide equitable access to quality education for children worldwide. By providing crucial services, programs, training, and resources, CE International helps educators and community leaders across the globe develop sustainable solutions for education. Additionally, CE International is represented at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization and continues to support and raise awareness for the UN’s initiatives on equitable educational opportunities. 

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