Model United Nations

Sonoma State University has a rich and distinguished history of participation in Model United Nations. For more than 15 years, SSU has sent a delegation to the National Model UN in New York City. NMUN is a major annual academic simulation of the UN which works to educate participants about topics such as the structure and operations of the United Nations, key themes in international relations and global politics, the system of international diplomacy, and the mission of the UN itself. Students serve on committees from the General Assembly to UNESCO to IAEA to the World Health Organization and Security Council.

During the trip, student delegates get the opportunity to visit the UN itself, and in past years have met with staffers of UN agencies such as the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UNICEF, and UNAIDS. The delegation also typically meets with the Permanent Mission of the country they are representing at the conference, and the students get to hear from real-world diplomats.

In the past seven years, Sonoma State University has been awarded Distinguished Delegation in 2011 (Azerbaijan) and 2013 (both Serbia and Ukraine), and Honorable Mention in 2012 (Venezuela), 2014 (Cuba), 2015 (Nigeria), 2016 (Ireland), and 2017 (France). Our student delegates won additional awards for best Position Papers in 2013, 2014, and and 2017, and Outstanding Delegates in committee in 2014, 2016, and 2017, for a total of 16 awards in seven years. We have also had several NMUN veterans return to serve on staff at the conference in New York.

There is both a course and club component to the Model UN experience at SSU. Applications for the course (which is offered every Spring) are accepted beginning in October of the preceding year. Active participation in the campus club, including its fundraising activities, is expected for all Model UN participants. Students from all majors and programs are welcome. Interested students should contact the Model UN adviser, Professor Cynthia Boaz at boazc@sonoma.edu .

SSU at NMUN Video: https://youtu.be/B79IDqdoib8