The Model Arctic Council: An Approach to Educating Postsecondary Students on Arctic Challenges and Governance

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.1 Educating next generation leaders for Arctic & global challenges
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 10:40 AM - 10:55 AM (UTC +3)
Location IT138
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Brandon Boylan
Author(s) Brandon Boylan (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA )
Abstract text

Challenges to the Arctic region abound and intersect. Warming, ice and permafrost melting, and pollution jeopardize health and food security of Indigenous and other northern communities. Because these problems cross sovereign boundaries, they must be addressed multilaterally. The Arctic Council is the principal forum in which Arctic states and Indigenous groups address shared concerns in the region. We co-administered a one-week Model Arctic Council (MAC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in March 2016 and a three-day MAC at Dartmouth College in June 2017 as part of a longer program on science and diplomacy in the Arctic. The goals of the MACs are to educate postsecondary students on Arctic challenges and governance, foster skills and confidence related to leadership and diplomacy, and inspire civic action in Arctic and international affairs. Based on a multitude of data collected during the programs, we found that students had strongly positive perceptions of the curriculum and felt that they accrued Arctic-related awareness and skills. Students attribute the program’s success to the use of multiple pedagogies, especially simulation, an interdisciplinary environment, and mentorship from and engagement with Arctic Council and other practitioners.

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