Alison Rios Millett McCartney and Towson University have been awarded the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s P20 Partnership Award for the university’s Model United Nations program. The award recognizes outstanding programs that bring together K12, higher education, and community partners.
Dr. McCartney co-founded the MUN program in 2002 with Carver Center of the Arts teacher Hugh Kearney, in cooperation with Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Social Studies. The annual MUN conference brings together several hundred high school students and teachers in Baltimore County, Charles County, and Baltimore City, with Towson University college students, alumni and faculty, to investigate and debate timely international issues. Many high school participants in the program go on to study at Towson. The award committee praised the program for how it “has engaged underprivileged high school and college students in an experiential education program dealing with international relations and diplomacy.” The awards ceremony will be held in November at Campus Compact’s Presidents’ Institute and 10th Anniversary Ceremony in Washington, DC.
Dr. McCartney is co-editor of Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines, and is an expert in European Politics and civic engagement.