U.N. Summit on Hurricane Relief

Integrating the disciplines of science, world issues, and language arts, this seminar engages students in debate and action on a topic of current relevance: global involvement in disaster relief.  After reviewing images from recent hurricanes and resulting devastation students explore key questions: How much money does it take for a nation to recover from a natural disaster? Who is responsible for paying the bill? What happens when aid does not come quickly enough?  Students will be assigned roles as countries. After considering multiple perspectives on this critical but controversial issue, they prepare an argument for the United Nations Summit on Global Disaster Relief.

Faculty: Victoria Fernandez - Language Arts 7

Dates Offered

November 9, 2018
November 30, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to: Learn about Loretto at the UN. The Loretto Community is an NGO (non-governmental organization) that is accredited with consultative status at the United Nations. This allows Loretto to advocate on the international level for issues of concern to the Loretto Community. Every spring, a small group of SMA high school students is selected to visit the Loretto NGO at the UN in New York.

  • Documentaries: NOVA’s Rise of the Superstorms depicts the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017.

  • Road trip: If your travel plans take you to New York City, consider a visit to the United Nations.

Why Hurricanes?

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and forest fires are continual threats to people and all they cherish. Disasters that seem local often have global causes and worldwide implications. The mock UN Summit format helps students consider new perspectives and is ideal for developing skills in negotiation, leadership, global learning, and critical thinking.