In Sacred Heart's Upper School Model United Nations Club, students practice the fundamental skills of primary research, constructive dialogue and using their voice and actively participating in public communications and advocacy. Rolland Grady '21, who serves as chair of the Model UN Education Committee, recently showcased those skills by writing an article that was published in the inaugural edition of Women in Politics magazine.
Read Rolland's article on page 45 of the first issue of Women in Politics, June 2020.
"I was inspired to write about Marie Antoinette, because I find her story fascinating," began Rolland. "Last year in World History, I enjoyed analyzing the political cartoons of the French Revolution, and I noticed most of the cartoons placed the blame onto Marie Antoinette instead of King Louis XVI. I did more research with the help of Ms. Oxler and noticed a trend of Marie Antoinette being the scapegoat for all of France's problems pre-Revolution. While writing this piece, it really made me think about how the media portrays certain public figures and how often times there is not the full story. It made me realize how important it is to question everything I see and hear and to think critically about the information I am given."
As chair of Education for Model UN, Rolland organizes teach-ins about current events, presentations for International Women's Month and other important celebrations, and also helps to create newsletters to support the club's outreach objectives.
Ms. Lizzy Oxler, who teaches English and Social Studies at Sacred Heart in addition to moderating the Model UN Club, states that,"One of the reasons I was excited to implement Model UN here at ASH had to do with the realities of women in leadership roles today. There are many women in the UN and in charge of world politics, and it’s important for students to see models for political participation and leadership. Model UN is a great apparatus to look at women in world leadership positions and also take a critical lens to the history of female representation and the importance of how women in power are received in those roles, as Rolland's article so deftly points out."