Model United Nations
What is Model United Nations?
Our MUN program introduces young people to the field of international affairs. Students step into the role of ambassadors as they simulate the actual United Nations in debate and negotiation, all in an effort to address a variety of important issues facing the world today. Think of it as cosplay for ambassadors!
What we do in Model United Nations?
Our MUN students become immersed in timely global issues all while studying a blend of history, political science, and current events. They engage in rigorous academic preparation to understand the countries they will represent, the UN committees in which they will represent them, and the key issues to be debated and addressed. Successful students will learn to walk in another’s shoes and fully represent the positions of their adopted countries.
Model United Nations builds skills for college and beyond:
- Research and writing
- Debate and public speaking
- Advocacy and problem solving
Jr Model United Nations
JrMUN introduces young people to the field of international affairs. Students explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, learn the art of public speaking, and simulate UN debate and procedures. They learn about different countries and cultures by role-playing and becoming leaders in those countries. Class meets in person or online depending on current conditions.
Urban Homeschoolers Model United Nations & UHSMUN Advanced
UHSMUN students will learn the history and structure of the United Nations. They will explore a blend of history, political science, and current events within the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Successful students will learn to walk in another’s shoes and fully represent the positions of their adopted countries in UN simulations. Weekly class sessions may be held either in person or online as needed. UHSMUN students must be willing to complete research and writing assignments in a timely fashion and be available to attend at least 1 – 2 off-campus conferences per semester hosted by local high schools and universities on weekends. These events and will be held either in person or online as conditions permit.
Our Advanced Team gives experienced model UN students a leadership role in the UHSMUN program. They will compete at out-of-town conferences which may include Berkeley, New York, and San Diego. (We expect these events to be held online in the event of shelter-in-place orders.) In addition, advanced students will serve as the “Secretariat.” Duties may include assisting UHSMUN and JrMUN students with research, chairing classroom debates, mentoring new delegates, serving as advisors at local conferences, and raising funds to subsidize travel. Advanced Team members must be age 14 or older and have a minimum of one year of Model UN and/or other relevant experience. Admission to the Advanced Team is subject to approval of the instructor only. Weekly class sessions may be held either in person or online as needed.
UHS-MUN Program Director, Angelia Robinson