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Department of

Political Science and International Relations

Model United Nations

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Jessica Chapman was awarded a Distinguished Delegate award at the Fall 2009 California Model United Nations Conference

Model United Nations has existed for over 60 years in countries around the world, and more than 400,000 students in the United States participate in Model UN. Model United Nations exists at USD as both a class and a club. MUN is active year-round. Students may repeat the one-credit class (POLS 480) for up to three credits.

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MUN@USD delegates attend at least two conferences each semester, including venues in Washington, DC and various places in California. A Model UN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations in a Model UN simulation. At Model UN conferences, students make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the conference rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing "international cooperation" to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

All students can participate in Model UN, so long as they have the ambition to learn something new and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world. Model UN helps students understand current international issues and improve such skills as research, writing, public speaking, and negotiation. Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education, medicine, and the arts. MUNers have included Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, actors Samuel L. Jackson and Rainn Wilson, news anchor George Stephanopoulos, and Chelsea Clinton.

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In fall 2011, over twenty representatives of MUN@USD attended OCMUN, a one-day conference at UC Irvine, and our delegationg was recognized with four awards. Nine students also attended the lumti-day SBMUN at UC Santa Barbara.

In spring 2012, our delegates will attend UCRMUN, LAMUN, and Nation Model United Nations in New York, and will host the first annual USD MUN for high school students.

Although MUN is a serious endeavor, it is also fun! MUN delegates meet students from around the country in new and exciting settings. If you are interested in joining MUN@USD, please contact Mary McKenzie, Ph.D. in the Political Science Department at mary2@sandiego.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to Model UN!

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