March 23, 2010
March 23, 2010 was an UN theme day for a group of 30 LGS students. The day began with a bus ride into New York City. Upon our arrival, we took a scenic walk towards UNA-USA (United Nations Association- USA). There we met with a current UNA-USA employee and were given a brief overview of what the association does. We learned about all of the campaigns that UNA-USA spearheads as the leading foreign policy organization in the United States. We also learned about the various opportunities students could take advantage of as members of UNA-USA. We could form a Student Alliance Chapter at Adelphi and realized that everyone has a chance to become an advocate of the goals of UNA-USA.
After our private meeting with The United Nations Association, the group socialized over lunch at Good Burger Home of the Good Burger. While having lunch, I could tell that new friendships were forming among fellow Global Scholars! After lunch, we continued our UN filled day.
The next destination was the actual UN headquarters in New York City! As I entered the complex, I was greeted by the current exhibition displays. The feature of the day was Malaria and its impact on people worldwide. The images, quotes, and facts were extremely thought provoking and eye opening. I left the exhibit heartbroken by the stories, and I was encouraged to try to help those suffering from such a devastating epidemic.
The group then had a private tour of the headquarters, and we had a chance to visit the Security Council chambers as well learn about the goals of the UN. The tour concluded our city aspect of the UN, and as I boarded the bus back to Adelphi’s campus, I was more aware of what the UN does. I was grateful for the opportunity to tour the premises and learn about history and impact of this organization while having fun.
Following the city, we partook in a lecture by Dr. Dale Snauwaert. The lecture took place in the new AU Performing Arts Center, and the room was filled with current Adelphi students and high school students from local schools. Dr. Snauwaert spoke about the concept of human rights and justice, and the lecture was very interesting. Our UN theme day then concluded with a brief reception with Dale Snauwaert and special guests.
Written by Akeera Peterkin ‘13