Recently, the USD Model United Nations (MUN) team was notified that it will receive a $100,000 anonymous donation that will ultimately give the team the resources it needs to become a solid, reputable program.
The USD MUN team is excited that it will be sending teams of students to conferences in Chicago and New York next year two of the biggest MUN conferences in the nation. Additionally, the Political Science and International Relations Department will begin offering its one-unit MUN course year-round, and it can now be taken up to three times for credit. With the newfound financial support and an influx of members, USD’s MUN team is setting its aspirations on hosting a regional conference on campus as early as 2012.
The progress the USD MUN team has made seems unbelievable considering that a few years ago the MUN class was not offered on campus and the MUN club itself has been re-chartered several times. This past fall at the CALMUN conference held in the Los Angeles area, junior Jessica Chapman, received the Outstanding Delegate Award representing the United States in the Security Council.
The USD MUN group also attended the PAXMUN Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., where USD students attended mock sessions of the World Health Organization, Security Council and World Trade Organization. Most recently, the team competed at the LAMUN Conference with the theme “Crisis Areas in World History,” hosted by UCLA. (Full Story on The Vista)