Members of the Model United Nations Team are students uniquely chosen for their academic prowess, speaking ability, and writing skills. Our members are selected through an annual competitive process every September, consisting of a written application as well as a simulation practice overseen by the Officers of the team in order to judge each applicant fairly. The Model United Nations Team proudly includes students from several different colleges and majors, including history, government, biochemistry, psychology, film, chemistry, and journalism. In March, every member, veteran or not, usually represents New Mexico State University at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This coming Spring, the entire team will travel to the New York City and participate in the NMUN-NYC 2023 conference.
Fateh Aswad (3rd year)
Fateh is an 18-year-old junior majoring in Microbiology with a strong passion to go into the field of medicine. After his graduation from NMSU, Fateh has plans to attend Harvard Medical School and work as a travel physician to help people around the world. In addition to the Model UN, Fateh is an ASNMSU Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and a proud member of the Muslim Student Association and Friends of Doctors Without Borders. In his spare time, he enjoys playing FIFA 23, brushing up on his Arabic, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mohammad Badawy (3rd year)
Mohammad is a 19-year-old senior double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Microbiology, with minors in Chemistry, Computational Engineering, and History. Mohammad is extremely involved on campus, conducting Ice Cream research, serving as a peer mentor, and a member of several clubs, including of course Model UN, which Mohammad joined this year. Mohammad plans on attending medical school after graduation. Mohammad is a passionate reader of military history and politics, with a focus on World War One, the Arab Cold War, and Spring.
Shannon Downey (2nd year)
Shannon Downey is from Las Cruces, New Mexico and is a Freshman at NMSU. She is Majoring in Government and double Minoring in French and International Relations. Other than Model UN, she is also a member of Defend our Future, Best Buddies and Roteract. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and doing yoga.
Ian Hart (3rd year)
Ian is a Junior at NMSU, majoring in government with a supplemental major in Law and Society. This is Ian’s first year as a member of the NMSU Model UN team. He joined because of his passion for solving international issues and his particular interest in international law. After finishing his undergrad, Ian plans on going to law school to pursue a career as a prosecutor and to further study international criminal law. In his free time, Ian spends time with his cats, binges shows, and plays video games.
Majd Mawla (3rd year)
Majd Mawla is a junior at NMSU, double majoring in government and foreign languages and linguistics with a concentration in French, in addition to a minor in international relations. After his educational journey, Majd is interested in pursuing a career in the United Nations and diplomacy. He seeks to experience new challenges and places; he also loves traveling, learning new languages, and exploring new cultures, as evidenced by his fluency in Arabic, French, and English. Majd makes it a point to make new connections and interact with new people.
Jasmine Recinos (Graduate)
Jasmine Recinos is a senior double majoring in Government and Spanish, as well as, minoring in International Relations. Through this degree, she strives to attend a graduate program and after hopes to pursue a career in a position with a Non-profit Organization. This is her third year being on the Model United Nations team. Outside of Model UN, she is the secretary of the Pi Sigma Alpha chapter at NMSU (the Political Science National Honor Society). When time permits, she enjoys reading, singing, solving puzzles, and arts and crafts.
Cole Vetter (4th year)
Cole Vetter is a Senior at New Mexico State University, pursuing double majors of Government and Psychology with two minors in History and International Relations. Having served on the NMSU Model UN team for three years as of 2021, and as treasurer for the academic year of 2020 to 2021, Cole is passionate about researching the process in which various entities within international relations interact with each other to produce a more stable and peaceful international climate. After completing a bachelor’s degree at NMSU, Cole hopes to move on to graduate school at Georgetown University, with an overall goal of serving in the U.S. State Department. When not learning French or studying information about the rise of political radicalization, Cole plays the violin and enjoys strategy video games.