Model United Nations at U.C Davis is an organization driven to simulate the United Nations in order to broaden understanding of how global political issues are discussed and solved. While it may at first seem like a club geared specifically towards political science or international relations students, Model United Nations at UC Davis has members representing a great variety of academic disciplines who all come together through a common passion for politics and international affairs. This is an organization that is offered at many colleges and high schools around the world. The club offers a good way for members to practice speech and debate, as well as the development of research skills and a broader understanding of international relations.
For a M.U.N. conference, each attending member typically acts as a U.N. delegate and represents a given U.N. member state within a given U.N. committee (assigned by the organization(s) hosting the conference). In accordance with the rules of parliamentary procedure of the U.N., the delegates then spend the conference committee sessions discussing international political issues that vary based on the committee. Through discussion and debate, the delegates hopefully come up with adequate solutions in the form of U.N. draft resolutions which are put to a vote by the end of the conference. Traditionally, Model U.N. conferences offer awards to the delegates that perform the best, with the “Best Delegate” award often in the form of a gavel.
Aside from broadening knowledge of international politics, sharpening public speaking and debate skills, or exercising diplomacy, M.U.N. Delegates are also extremely social. M.U.N. conferences offer plenty of opportunities for meeting students from all over the world who share a passion for politics. Whether you socialize between committee sessions or at delegate social events (which are scheduled at nearly every conference), M.U.N. is a wonderful way to forge connections across continents and gather perspective of international issues from very different cultural viewpoints. These people also often make wonderful friends.
Model United Nations at UC Davis hosts/staffs three conferences over the course of the year:
1. During Fall Quarter, we send our members to Diablo Valley College in Contra Costa County to staff a M.U.N. conference for high school students. This not only generates some revenue for the club, but gives our members an opportunity to act as the moderating dias members for an M.U.N. committee before attending a conference as a delegate. We also love sharing our love for international politics and debate with high school students, some of whom may hopefully become future Model United Nations at UC Davis members.
2. AggieMUN is our collegiate conference that takes place at a hotel in downtown Sacrament annually. College students from all over the country who attend institutions such as UC Berkeley, Stanford and UCLA come to compete in committees put on by our members, engaging in world changing discussions and lobbying sessions. [For more information about AggieMUN, please visit: http://aggiemun.org/)
3. Davis Model United Nations Conference (also known as DMUNC) is an annual high school level United Nations simulation presented each Spring in a weekend in the middle of May. High school delegates from all over California come to represent different countries in a simulation of world bodies discussing and debating world issues this conference also functions as the club’s primary source of revenue, this money is spent to help subsidize trips to various conferences such as conference fees as well as travel and lodging expenses. [For more information about DMUNC, please visit: http://dmunc.org/]
Model United Nations at UC Davis attends and competes in a wide array of conferences around the country throughout the year:
– Fall Quarter:
♣ TrojanMUN hosted by the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles
♣ SBIMUN hosted by UC Santa Barbara, located in Santa Barbara
– Winter Quarter:
♣ BMUN hosted by UC Berkeley, located in downtown San Francisco
♣ Harvard National MUN hosted by Harvard University, located in downtown Boston
– Spring Quarter:
♣ ChoMUN hosted by the University of Chicago, located in downtown Chicago
♣ LAMUN hosted by UCLA, located in Los Angeles