Model United Nations

The Model United Nations is a body of politically minded and internationally aware students that take an interactive look at how to proactively engage the problems of the world. Throughout the years, students from all majors have greatly contributed to our club’s activities. Our function, as the Model United Nations, is to synthesize realistic scenarios that would potentially face the United Nations. Each person chooses a country to represent in UN meetings, trying to pass directives that would improve real world situations under crisis. We discuss real issues that concern each region of the globe, such as the following examples: Iranian nuclear proliferation, addressing the terrorist threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria, handling the rising tensions between China and its neighbors, and promoting democracy and security solutions in Venezuela. Also, it is important to note that every member of our team from all majors has been able to contribute significantly to the discussions we have around these issues, despite their complexity.

Each semester, our school has been able to attend various conferences where each student represents a country on a given committee. While there are no requirements for any of our members to attend conferences, it is advised that every member of our team at least attend one conference per semester.

Increasingly, Model UN has been winning awards at Model UN conferences with an emphasis on participating in joint crisis conferences. In the Fall of 2014, Model UN attended the SRMUN conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In the following Spring of 2015, Model UN performed fantastically at the College of William and Mary conference in Virginia and at the NYUMUNC VI conference in New York City. Having won awards at these conferences, Model UN invites all OWU students to join our amazing club and join our efforts to bring home the gold at the University of Pennsylvania conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Fall of 2015.

MUN is a great activity for those who like to discuss world changing scenarios with many amazing individuals. The current president of OWU MUN is Matthew Mehaffy. If you wish to join, you can contact him at mkmehaff@owu.edu. Also, you can contact our vice-president, Urvija Rishi, at uurishi@owu.edu. (Academic Advisor:  Ji Young Choi)  If you are interested in joining Model UN, we encourage you to join our Orgsync and look up our updated meeting times there: https://orgsync.com/8136/chapter.  

Horizons International

Horizons International is a student organization that promotes cross-cultural friendship and understanding through social and educational programs. Among these are various nationality days, international dances and dinners, and lectures and discussions on global issues such as hunger, poverty, and terrorism. Membership provides IS majors with an excellent opportunity to expand their  acquaintance with different cultures.

Horizons initially formed specifically for foreign students. The aim of Horizons is to increase cultural awareness on our campus and bring events for the year that will be fun and educational for the campus community. Horizons organized a campus-wide campaign involving other organizations and interested individuals to raise funds for flood victims in Horizons Int’l — Pakistan Flood Relief Pakistan. It served as the umbrella organization which coordinated the different groups on campus that were responsible for the collection of food points,canned food, water, etc. The response from the campus community was overwhelming. 

 Contact Horizons on orgsync or on facebook.

Amnesty International

Amnesty acts on the basis of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international HR instruments. Through practical work for prisoners within its mandate, AI participates in the wider promotion and protection of human rights in civil, political, economic, social and cultural spheres.

OWU Amnesty International is a campus chapter of the larger Amnesty International—a worldwide movement of more than 2.2 million members in more than 150 countries who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. For more information, contact chaplain@owu.edu.

Other Student Clubs

Student Initiative For International Development (SIID). SIID focuses on sustainable, long-term international development. It raises money via various fundraisers and charity events and invest said money in micro enterprises overseas through Kiva.org. 

The Chinese Culture Club and VIVA. promote international understanding and encourage all members of the Ohio Wesleyan community to braoden their horizons by increasing their exposure to various cultures.

B'nai B'rith Hillel Chapter provides a warm environment where Jewish students can explore their Jewish heritage, celebrate Jewish life, build community, and ask questions.

Euro Club promotes European awareness and appreciate of European culture and its impact on the world. They host events such as Oktoberfest and participate in the annual Heritage "Fair"

The Citizens of the World House, House of Language Diversity, and Peace and Justice House all provide students with an excellent opportunity to live in a residential area where they will constantly be exposed to various aspects of international life and culture, as well as promoting a more diverse culture on campus.

The Office of International Student Services has increased Ohio Wesleyan's visibility abroad. Our enrollment of international students rose from 40 in 1975 to 175 students from 45 countries in 2007-8. The rich cultural diversity on the Ohio Wesleyan campus helps to prepare its graduates to become citizens of an increasingly interdependent global society. Director Darrell Albon, International Student Services, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center 213, 368-3070. 

The Ohio Wesleyan Debate Association is a British Parliamentary/Worlds style debate team. This style of debate has an especially international focus, with common motions being something like "This House Would Abolish the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU." It offers IS majors an excellent opportunity to expand their analytical skills in the area of international relations while improving speaking skills and increasing confidence. The team placed 12th at the Worlds Universities Debate Championships in 2010. The academic adviser for the team is Dr. Goran Skosples.