As part of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations' partnership with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), two Seton Hall students have been selected to serve as UN Youth Representatives through the duration of the academic year. Sarah Valero, a second-year graduate student, and Angelo Piro, a senior in the undergraduate program, will be representing the University.
Sarah Valero is specializing in International Law and Human Rights as well as International Security. She currently serves as President of the Graduate Diplomacy Council and Social Media Manager of the Journal of Diplomacy. Valero says she has always been interested in diplomacy and communication between international organizations and communities.
Valero is looking forward to learning more about the organizations and programs with which the UN and DPI are currently working. While she recognizes that it may be challenging to distill briefings into shareable blogposts for her fellow students, Valero is excited about the opportunity to hear briefings in person.
“I have always admired the capabilities of the UN and its satellite organizations,” said Valero. “So I am excited about the people that I might converse with and other opportunities this role will offer.”
In addition to her stated duties, Valero noted that the Youth Representative position is also a responsibility to represent the school and to ensure that its UN partnership continues in good standing.
Angelo Piro is majoring in Diplomacy and Economics. Piro has previously served at the UN as an Adviser for the Permanent Mission of Honduras. He is a part of Seton Hall's Model UN team, and is currently organizing its annual Model UN conference. Piro is a member of UNA-USA, Alpha Phi Omega, Slavic Club, and College Democrats.
Piro fell in love with foreign affairs while participating in his high school’s Model UN Club. Piro says that studying diplomacy at SHU has only furthered his interest in the field.
“I am really looking forward to seeing UN policy coming together and being made and working in the same room as diplomats and ambassadors as an undergraduate student,” said Piro. “The UN is central to the curriculum of the School of Diplomacy and being there, translating practice into reality, is a great opportunity.”
Like Valero, Piro knows that representing Seton Hall at the UN comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. “Coming in as a college student and talking to people with decades of experience in the field will be daunting, but also very rewarding,” said Piro.
Piro hopes that by sharing his reflections and recounts of his work as a Youth Representative that he can bring the average Seton Hall student closer to the UN.
As part of their responsibilities, the Youth Representatives will be working closely with Associate Professor Martin Edwards, Director of the Center for UN and Global Governance Studies. They will be issued grounds passes to attend UN briefings and events and they will be reporting on their experiences through the Center’s Permanent Observer Blog.
To learn more about the School of Diplomacy’s unique relationship with the UN community click here.
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