The United Nations Association at Eastern Michigan University has been sending EMU students to Model United Nations conferences around the country and across the globe.
In concert with the class which is offered every fall to EMU students, the UNA has been teaching students research, problem solving, public speaking, and negotiating skills that offer great value in the professional world. This is in addition to gaining greater understanding of the functions of international organizations, multilateral diplomacy, and the challenges that face our world today and in the future.
All the while, we’ve fostered a strong team based on the principles of collaboration and community, and that will give us friendships that will last long after we leave EMU.
The current pandemic has made us concerned about what we can do in the future. Fortunately, we’ve been able to continue to go to conferences in the online format, which has reduced cost, enabled us to send more representatives, and stay safe during the pandemic. Any donation would help to make the UNA at EMU more sustainable through these hard times, and allow us to continue to provide the opportunities that our members expect
Every year we serve anywhere from 40 to 45 students. For the coming semester we will be attending the North American Model United Nations Conference. Even though it is virtual this year, we still have to pay registration fees for our delegates. We are looking to raise $1,200 and would appreciate anything you could contribute towards helping us reach that goal.
"Model United Nations provides a valuable learning experience and is a place where I can practice essential life skills. I am able to learn about one of the most important organizations in the world and how the UN works towards resolving world issues. It is one thing to read about multilateral diplomacy or learn about it in class, but participating in the simulation of this is incredibly helpful for learning and raising interest. Participating in MUN has played a large role in me feeling that I have chosen the right path for myself here at EMU. Another extremely valuable aspect of MUN is the skills that I learn and cultivate through participation in simulations.”
"Through this club, I have been able to travel across the globe and attend conferences where I could use my voice to solve world issues. Thanks to UNA, I have greatly improved my speaking and writing skills, and I am beyond grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given through this organization."
“I had done Model UN before I went to EMU, but this has been my favorite MUN experience so far. I have become much more confident in my public speaking, research, writing, and negotiating skills because of participating in MUN at EMU. These are skills that I believe are going to help me immensely in the professional world. As important as those skills are the best takeaways I’ve had from my experience are the memories and friendships that I’ve made. I came to EMU as a transfer student last year knowing almost no one, and in Model UN I found friends and a sense of belonging that helped me make this school feel like home. The UNA at EMU is an organization that I take pride in being associated with, and I truly believe that participating in it is one of the best things any EMU student can do.”
-Christopher van Gelder