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Hartford, CT – The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) has received support from Liberty Bank for its Model United Nations program. The gift will cover the cost of 25 students from Hartford Public schools to participate in the CTWAC Model UN program this December.

“We are grateful to Liberty Bank for their investment in support of our Hartford students,” said Megan C. Torrey, Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. “It will ensure more students are given access to this most impactful and lifechanging program.”

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut’s Model UN program began in 1952 at Hartford Public High School. Since 1952, we have been committed to ensuring the equitable participation of all Hartford students in this vital program. Each year these students participate in the program at no charge. This past year, a historic number of Hartford students participated in the program, with over 150 students coming from 21 countries around the world.

“The Liberty Team would like to thank the CTWAC for their ongoing commitment to make it possible for students in Hartford Public schools to gain a real life understanding – outside of the classroom – of how the UN functions and its impact on the world,” said David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Liberty Bank and President of the Liberty Bank Foundation. “Hundreds of thousands of students from across the globe participate in Model UN and now 25 more from Hartford will have this same opportunity.”

Liberty Bank was also a $10,000 sponsor of CTWAC’s Centennial Celebration that took place on Friday, April 19 at Goodwin University.

The CTWAC Model UN program brings over 1,000 CT high school students together for two days in a simulated meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in which student teams, each representing a UN member state, meet to debate the world’s most pressing issues and work to resolve them. It is uniquely student-run; which helps students to develop essential skills in team-building, diplomacy, problem solving, and global awareness. In its 72 years, the program has impacted over 54,000 students across Connecticut. The CTWAC Model United Nations program gives the students the tools they need to succeed and become our future global leaders.

Model UN’s impact on the students:

“I learned new skills every year I participated, and though this was my last year with MUN, the skills I’m walking away with are ones that I will carry with me forever.”

“Through MUN, I was able to craft my own opinions on our world’s pressing issues and work to create a resolution to solve them.”

“Model UN gave me a place to learn more about the world, while also giving me an outlet to better my public speaking skills and my research skills.”

About the World Affairs Council of Connecticut

The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1924. Through community engagement and collaboration, the World Affairs Council of Connecticut creates experiences that explore critical global issues and promote a greater understanding of the world. You can learn more about the CTWAC, including upcoming events, membership and ways to support the organization’s mission, by visiting and by connecting with the CTWAC on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Liberty Bank Foundation

Since its inception in 1997, Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded $18 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Liberty Bank’s market area.  Following the Bank’s ‘Be Community Kind’ spirit, the Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and families by investing in three key areas:  Education & Training, Affordable Housing, and Food.

About Liberty Bank

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is the oldest and largest independent mutual bank in the country. With nearly $8.0 billion in assets, Liberty has 56 banking offices across Connecticut and two in Massachusetts. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, cash management, home mortgages, business loans, insurance and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant every year since 2012 and designated a 2021, 2022 and 2023 Best-In-State Bank in Connecticut by Forbes Magazine. For more information on Liberty Bank, visit