Shelton Williams, President
Dr. Williams is a leader in the field of experiential education and an expert on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation policy. In his over 35 years as a professor at Austin College in Sherman, Texas he created and supervised the college’s Model United Nations team, winning numerous awards at national competitions and transforming a generation of young people into caring, capable, and globally conscious professionals. He has contributed greatly to the field of experiential education through numerous articles and years of faculty training seminars. In addition, he has garnered several major teaching awards for his classes in International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Comparative Politics.
Dr. Williams has also worked in government, including a tour of duty in the Department of State under Secretary of State Madeline Albright in which he worked extensively on the permanent extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. He also served the Office of International Programs, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Additionally, Dr. Williams is an accomplished writer. His first non-fiction, Washed in the Blood has received wide critical acclaim and he has several others in progress.
Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with his family, specifically his grandchildren, and seeing several movies each weekend if possible.
See the Latest by Shelly Williams!
- Washed in the Blood
- Summer of ’66
- Read more about the author, Shelly Williams
Considering Nuclear Earth Penetrators
The US and the UN: A Realist’s Perspective (2002)
Where Globalization Meets Localization
Addressing Limitations in the Wake of Catastrophe
My Role in the Gulf War
Rosanna Vargas, Senior Consultant
Rosanna graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2016 where she earned a Master in International Education Management. Prior to that academic experience in California, as a Fulbright scholar, he earned a Master in Curriculum Design and Instruction with a concentration in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2013, and a Bachelor in Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in 2011. She has relevant experience in educational leadership, academic program design and, international curriculum planning. She has had multiple professional and academic experiences internationally. She has conducted specialized workshops for and, has collaborated on National Model United Nations (MUN DC), Texas Model United Nations (TEX MUN 2017), Model Security Council Osgood Center 2017, the Conferencia International de las Américas (CILA, MUN DR) as an academic advisor and coordinator. Recently, she chaired a committee focused on migration, vulnerable populations and international security at UFHEC Model United Nations in Santo Domingo.
Xuan Zhu, Associate Director
Xuan graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014 as a master of Public Administration with two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment. Before that he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 with a bachelor degree of laws, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interest lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues.
Prior to the graduate school, Xuan has quite a few interesting working experiences. His background includes working as an intern editor for Xinhua News Agency, internship in private companies such as Siemens China, part-time translator, and a public servant working on experts and international cooperation in China. He was also a volunteer in the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics.
Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became an assistant director in early 2015.
Megan Finkbeiner, Assistant Director
Megan Finkbeiner is an Assistant Director at the Osgood Center who graduated with her BA in Communications from Alma College. At Alma College, Megan was a 4-year member of the Model United Nations team and represented multiple Member States on a variety of committees over four years. Her love of Model UN started in Michigan but really took off in Shiv Nadar Schools in New Delhi, India. She worked with the help of Alma’s Model UN team for 2 summers to create MUN training programs and conferences for students grades 6-12. Before becoming a member of the Osgood Team, Megan took part in the Osgood Washington Experience and interned with the Human Rights Committee in North Korea (HRNK) for the fall semester of her senior year making her a great resource for all of our incoming associates! Megan has continued to chair both TexMUN and OSMUN conferences since becoming an Associate and will continue to be an integral part of our Model UN programs.