Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm


MCC UN Office Student Seminar, November 5-6, 2020**


Participants: This seminar is for students at Anabaptist universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada. International students at these schools are strongly encouraged to participate.


UN Secretary General Antonio Gúterres has said COVID-19 is like an x-ray, revealing fractures in the world and “the delusion that we live in a post-racist world, the myth that we are all in the same boat.” Inequality defines our current time – in health, economics, and racial injustice. In this online, two-day, five-hour seminar, students will:

  • Explore the intersection of global inequality, UN public policy, and faith-based advocacy
  • Learn from leaders engaging global inequality from the fields of UN diplomacy, international human rights law, international NGOs, racial justice, and church/religion
  • Learn about the work of the UN and about MCC and faith-based advocacy
  • Engage a mix of plenary sessions, small groups, and mini-seminars offering high interaction with experts
  • Connect and learn with students from other schools across the U.S. and Canada
  • Apply learnings to their own context


** The 2020 online seminar will consist of two sessions:

November 5, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm and

November 6, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time). 

Students are required to attend both sessions.


Confirmed presenters include: 

Mr. Elliott Harris, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist (from Trinidad and Tobago).

Professor Michael Lynk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory (from Canada).

Ms. Bani Dugal, Principal Representative, Bahá'í International Community's United Nations Office. Has served as co-facilitator of the UN GEAR campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform), President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee on UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls.

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Director of the Office of Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School. Has served in leadership with the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.

Dr. Paulus Widjaja, Mennonite theologian, co-author of A Culture of Peace: God’s Vision for the Church, and Director of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Peace at Duta Wacana Christian University in Indonesia. He has served as leader of the Peace Council for Mennonite World Conference.


Check back soon to see the full seminar schedule.

More information:


Application: Students from schools in the U.S please apply at this link.

                      Students from schools in Canada please apply at this link.

Application deadline: October 1, 2020. Please note that spots are limited.

Registration cost: $20 USD per student. (Payment due upon application approval.)

Application process: After applying you will receive a confirmation. Spots are limited and application decisions will be made during September. If application is approved, you will receive instructions of how to register and pay the $20 USD seminar payment. Please contact your school regarding scholarship possibilities. 


Download the poster for U.S.-based students here

Download the poster for Canada-based students here