Marist Model UN

Honorary & Professional Organization

About Our Organization

The Marist Model UN (MMUN) Club strives to pursue Marist’s mission in achieving a more cognizant global community. We are a group of high-achieving, empowered, and enterprising individuals who seek the spirit of perpetual growth, development, and cooperation. This club is not only limited to ‘Marist,’ the college we represent, but has the power to drive opinions and bring about change that is sustainable. Being part of this club allows one to drive change and bring about meaning in regard to policy. Be it in relation to the college or the world as a whole, everything culminates through our youthful intervention.

We are working on getting members aware of the structure of the UN, how to approach in-depth research, acclimatizing them with the categories that need to be considered when representing a country in a caucus, and ultimately preparing select members for the National United Nations Conference in April at the UN Headquarters, New York.

Image of Marist Model UN club leadership at activities fair.

Club Leadership

President: Cezar-Mihai Ungureanu, ‘22 

  • The head and image of the club’s administration. In cases of unexpected vacancies in the board, the president appoints nominees which shall be confirmed by a majority of the board.
  • The president shall also submit the budget to the Student Government Association for approval. The president serves a term of two years.

About the President:

Cezar is an international honors student from Romania and majors in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He interned for the Diplomatic Mission of Romania at the United Nations where he acquired comprehensive knowledge about the structure and the mission of the United Nations. He will lead this year’s Model United Nations team that will represent Marist College at the National Model United Nations Conference in NYC.

Vice-President: Leo Goldshmid, ‘22

  • The second highest officer on the board. Presides over the board meeting by stating the meeting’s agenda and moderate the meeting. They shall not vote in board meetings unless their vote is required as a tie breaker.
  • In the case of a presidential vacancy, they shall be the acting president until a new acting president is elected by the board.
  • Oversight of the elections and the counting process. Serves a term of one year.

About the Vice President:

Leo is an Information Systems major, Computer Science, Political Science, and Cognitive Science minor. He is a first generation Ukrainian Jew and is even fluent in Russian.

Technical Editor: Nandini Narula Bajpai, ‘25 

  • A board officer that directs, implements, and refines digital media content. This includes the MMUN website, online forms and polls, and the club’s general web presence.
  • The technical editor oversees the written content of web posts and websites, and ensures ethical clarity in any given text. As a general advisor to their constituents, the technical editor is available for technological assistance and cooperation with all other board positions.

About the Technical Editor:

Nandini is an international student from New Delhi, India, and is majoring in Psychology. She is an elected representative in the Student Government Association, is an ambassador for The Women’s Network, a Marist Ambassador, and a peer-mentor at University Connection - a career planning firm. She is a self-taught vocalist who uses music to tune herself to the environment, and is also an advocate for animal rights.

Special Projects Manager: Diana Kazarian, ‘25 

  • Organizes, leads, and helps execute company projects that may fall outside the scope of regular duties. The specific responsibilities and purpose of projects vary, depending on the perspectives and phases implemented by the administration or incumbent.

About the Special Projects Manager:

Diana is an international student from Moscow, majoring in Fashion Design. She is passionate about coordinating events and would not shy away from making mood boards to up your style for you.

Community Liaison: Liam Tucker, ‘22 

  • Implements bilateral cooperation operations with Marist offices and student clubs, and coordinates videography for all MMUN functions. All MMUN video advertisements for events, social media posts, and visual records are overseen by the Community Liaison.

About the Community Liaison:

Liam, though born in California, is an expat who has lived in Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Jamaica, and the United States. He is majoring in film and is an amiable person. He is an International Orientation Leader and is involved in the Marist International Student Association.

Secretary: Simran Chhabra, ‘23 

  • Keeps track of attendance, quorum requirements, and organizes the voting process for any election that may occur in a board meeting. In charge of sending out emails for meeting reminders and information. Serves a term of one year.

About the Secretary:

Simran is an international student from New Delhi, India, majoring in Fashion Design and has a double minor in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development. She was part of the Freshmen Florence Experience in 2019-2020. She is also the Secretary of the Marist International Student Association. She is currently working for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s grant funded humanities project. She is also a Peer Mentor at the University Connection Peer Mentor Program in New Delhi, India.

Outreach Director: Navkiran Kaur, ‘23 

  • Implements bilateral cooperation operations with other Model United Nations chapters or organizations, representing the President of the club outside of Marist’s borders. They would take care of the correspondence with entities outside Marist College.

About the Outreach Director:

Navkiran is a commuter who was born in India, majoring in Political Science and Paralegal Certificate. She is a freshman orientation leader, is on the Club Affairs board for the SGA, and works closely with the Admissions Office as a tour guide and greeter. She works at a local grassroots organization that facilitates numerous social justice campaigns for the Hudson Valley area. During her free time she loves grabbing food with friends and making trips to New York City!

Treasurer: Eyuel Bekele, ‘22

  • The board officer that manages and distributes the budget towards the activities approved by the board. The treasurer would have access to all the records from past academic years. At the beginning of every semester they would propose a budget that must be confirmed by the board.

About the Treasurer:

Eyuel is an international student from Ethiopia. He is double majoring in Economics and Business Administration and this is his first full year serving on the eboard of MMUN.

Historian: Grace Hanrahan, ‘22 

  • Archives all documents, keeping an accurate record of the history of the club. They label and date all entries made in the historian’s book and organize the club’s golden book. They save copies of the club program plans, news clippings, members, and pictures about club events and activities.

About the Historian:

Grace is majoring in history. She wants to work as an archivist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. She is also the Transfer Representative for the Student Government Association, and a Student Ambassador. She is a member of the Marist Theatre Company, and a tutor. In her free time, she enjoys painting and drawing, reading, and listening to music.

Social Media Manager: Aaron Newirth, ‘23 

  • Administers all the social media accounts of the Marist Model United Nations club. They shall also suggest marketing and promotion campaigns. They shall work alongside the editor officer in posting materials on the social media platforms. The social media expert shall inform the board members about any messages from people and accounts. The social media expert is not allowed to alienate and disclose the accounts’ login information or insights to anyone but the board members.

About the Social Media Manager: 

Aaron is from New York City and is majoring in History Adolescent Education plans to teach high school level history there. He follows soccer and supports Everton FC and the New York Red Bulls. A fun fact about him is that he can identify every national flag in the world.

Meeting Times

MMUN meets every Tuesday from 9:30 - 10:30 pm followed by refreshments and pizza! Meeting locations vary. Students looking to be part of the club can reach out to any of the board members and can get on the mailing list to stay updated on meetings and events.

Earn Priority Points through Clubs and Activities

To earn one (1) point: Members must attend a minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 50% of club/organization activities.

To earn two (2) points: Members must attend a minimum of 50% of club/organization meetings for the semester and 75% of club/organization activities PLUS the community service event.

To earn three (3) points (executive board only): Officers must attend 50% of club meetings for the semester and 100% of club activities including community service. If executive board members do not complete all of the requirements to earn three points, they will be eligible to receive up to two points based on the above criteria.

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