Member Spotlight: Lone Star College-Tomball’s Commitment to International Educational Initiatives
By David E. Birch
For the past four years Lone Star College-Tomball has partnered with several other LSCS colleges to form a delegation representing the interests of a designated country at NMUN. Two years ago, because one of our international students was a member of the delegation, we represented her homeland of Ukraine. The students took their responsibilities seriously and during the conference they were proud to consider themselves as honorary citizens of Ukraine. Last year, the students represented Nicaragua, serving on simulated United Nations committees while attempting to offer solutions to pressing global problems. These issues included the promotion of gender equality by increasing access to quality education for young girls, and the empowerment of students through universal access to information. This year, students are preparing to represent the interests of Mongolia and will once again be negotiating and offering solutions to the same types of complex problems.
Lone Star College-Tomball shows its ongoing commitment to international education by funding our students’ participation at the NMUN conference. The positive benefits extend beyond honing the academic research and critical thinking skills of our students. Students also develop long-lasting global networks as they interact with students from around the world and dedicate their efforts to a collective task. Finally, MUN serves as a stepping stone for our community college students as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions or directly into the world of work.