Model United Nations Club
The Model United Nations club at Eastern Michigan University is currently seeking donations to assist in funding for the MainMUN conference in Frankfurt Germany during the Winter 2020 semester.
In recent years, we have sent delegations to the annual American Model United Nations (AMUN) in Chicago and the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York, as well as international simulation conferences in Edinburgh, Toronto and Madrid. EMU delegations have received numerous awards for outstanding diplomatic representation. We have also participated in other intercollegiate simulations of multilateral diplomacy, including Model Arab League and Model European Union.
Model UN promotes awareness of international issues, and also instills an appreciation of the critical role of the United Nations in peacefully resolving conflicts and forging collective responses to global problems. By participating in Model UN, students enjoy a "hands-on" learning experience that significantly augments their education. They acquire expertise on international issues and conflicts, as well as knowledge of multilateral diplomacy and the operations of the UN. They also develop speaking and negotiation skills, and learn how to work with others to solve real world problems.
I think the experience of actually representing a country, spending months doing research on its different aspects, accumulating all that knowledge and then putting it to use at the conference really gives a more realistic experience of what it’s like for actual diplomats. Participating as a student diplomat really allows you to see all the great things that the UN is capable of, as well as ways it can be frustrating/challenging.”
“From the development of solid extemporaneous speaking proficiency to the often-necessary ability to culturally de-center oneself during the course of a conflict, to practice performing in-depth research, participation in MUN has prepared me both for graduate-level studies and for the modern workplace in innumerable ways.”
“In my time in MUN, I represented Mozambique twice, Luxembourg, and Syria. My favorite topic and country that I represented was for the New York conference (NMUN) in 2017, where I was a delegate from Mozambique for the United Nations Environmental Assembly. The topics we discussed were centered around environmental sustainability, something that has been near and dear to my heart for many years. Being surrounded by so many other young academics who equally shared interest in pressing global issues was as refreshing as it was eye-opening. MUN showed me that there are others out there who care and are devoted to the well-being of our earth and its beings.”