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Pomona College Model Arab League Delegation Awarded an Honorable Mention

The Pomona College Model Arab League delegation, representing the countries of Syria and Lebanon, was awarded an honorable mention at the 2008 West Coast Model Arab League Conference, which was held April 4-6 at Pomona College.

The Pomona team was comprised of 17 student delegates and 2 additional students who served in the roles of secretary general and council chair at the conference. The delegation included students from Scripps and Pitzer Colleges. UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and California State University Stanislaus were the other participating schools. The Pomona delegation received the Overall Outstanding Delegation award in 2006 and 2007.

Similar to the Model U.N., the Model Arab League (MAL) is a diplomatic simulation, giving students the opportunity to engage in research, public speaking, and debate. After extensive research and study of the region, and the assigned country, each delegation represents their respective country in one of five councils in a mock meeting of the League of Arab Nations. These five councils include: the Councils on Joint Defense, Political Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, Environmental Affairs, and Arab Social Affairs.

Pomona student Stephen Laux was the secretary general and oversaw the MAL conference. Springsong Cooper from Pitzer was the conference’s council chair for Palestinian affairs. The Lebanese delegation included Pomona students Nathan Barnett, Damata Ama Kaleem and Sara Ruiz, and Scripps students Eva Delair, Jocelyn Greene and Christie Valentine. The Syrian delegation included Pomona students Paul Collett, Jemel Derbali, Anastacia Dialynas, Katherine Duberg, Hannah Frederick, Isaac Jenkins, Grey McCune, Dominique Morris, Joseph Wadakethalakal , Rachel Weinrib, and Pitzer student Batya Feldman.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Hazem Hikmat Chehabi, Honorary Consul of Syria for California and the West Coast. Jessica Alampay Lozano is the program coordinator for Pomona’s MAL team.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.