International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Model United Nations and Model African Union at an HBCU: Experiential Learning Tools for Increasing Student Success

Abstract


This article analyzes the results of a survey sent to former and current Savannah State University (SSU) students who participated in local, regional, national, and international Model African Union and Model United Nations conferences from fall 2004 – spring 2021.  The two-part survey utilized quantitative and qualitative methodological techniques of Likert scale questions, 15 in total, and open-ended questions, seven in total, for the purpose of understanding topics in students’ experiential learning experiences that positively impacted them and their careers.  Additionally, open-ended responses were used to justify answers in Likert scale questions.  The findings indicate that the Model AU/UN experiential experiences positively shaped students, particularly in areas such as coalition building skills and skills needed to build relationships with other individuals.  Findings in this paper can serve as an example to other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that wish to substantiate their need to create or expand Model AU/UN experiential learning opportunities.