An eager group of Maxwell students jumped at the chance to start the new year off in New York City as part of an 8-day winter intercession course about the UN taught by Maxwell Professor of Practice Catherine Bertini. Bertini previously served as UN under secretary-general for management (2003-05) and as executive director of the UN World Food Program, the world’s largest international humanitarian aid agency (1992-2002). The January class brought together a group of 25 Maxwell students from 14 countries who attended a series of lectures by top UN officials, participated in mock UN Security Council and UN Development Group decision making sessions, and took an exclusive backstage tour of the main UN chambers (pictured).
Students came away from the class inspired and energized after gaining an in-depth knowledge of the programmatic work of various UN organizations – from millenium development goals to peacekeeping – and learning about processes for change in UN organizations. And, thanks to Maxwell’s Office of Alumni Relations, students rounded out the class with a networking reception with Maxwell alums and UN staff members at SU’s Lubin House.