Model United Nations
Sonoma State 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.
During the trip, student delegates get the opportunity to visit the UN itself, to hear from distinguished representatives of UN commissions such as the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and to meet with the Permanent Mission of the country they are representing at the conference. In the past five years, the delegation has represented the countries of Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Ukraine, Serbia, Cuba, and Nigeria. Sonoma State University's delegation was awarded for excellence at the national conference in New York City in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and students won additional awards for position papers and outstanding delegate in both 2013 and 2014.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.