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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


MELLON GRANT TO REED COLLEGE WILL SUPPORT STUDENT DEBATE TEAM AND MODEL UN

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Reed College to support co-curricular student programs at the college. The award will be used to strengthen two programs founded within the past year, a Model United Nations group and a parliamentary debate team.

The Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. Students who participate have a unique opportunity to work on skills such as consensus building, conflict resolution, and compromise and cooperation.

The parliamentary debate team provides students with the opportunity to develop valuable communication and presentation skills, while working together as a team. It reinforces the critical thinking skills that students develop in their academic coursework and helps create a sense of community through a shared extracurricular experience. In its first year as a team, Reed competed at the National Parliamentary Debate Association nationals at Portland State University. Reed sophomore Misha Isaak was ranked fifth in the nation at this competition.

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