Model United Nations is a student organization that works to provide a further understanding of the UN diplomatic processes and contemporary international issues. Students attend UN conferences and simulate the role of delegates from pre-assigned countries.
The College sends students to two annual conferences that draw delegations from hundreds of colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad. The team travels to the American Model United Nations conference in Chicago in the fall and the National Model United Nations conference in New York City each spring. Wooster has represented a wide array of countries over the years, including Australia, Cameroon, Chad, Croatia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Togo, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
The teams have distinguished themselves by receiving prestigious awards at various conferences. The 2013 New York delegation achieved the top rating of Outstanding Delegation for its representation of Romania, and two individual representatives were recognized as Outstanding Delegates in Committee for their role in the Human Rights Council. Most recently, the New York delegation received recognition as a Distinguished Delegation, the second highest rating from the conference.
In preparation for the conferences, students meet weekly to become knowledgeable regarding the general workings of the UN and skilled representatives of their assigned country. Students work to master UN rules of procedure, develop research, debate, and public speaking skills, and build relationships with like-minded individuals from around the world. This fall, our team will be representing the Dominican Republic in the various General Assembly Committees as well as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Commission for Social Development.
Fall Schedule 2014 (.pdf)
Selection Criteria for Model UN Traveling Team
Due to the popularity of Model United Nations at The College of Wooster, usually more people wish to participate in the Model UN conferences than the school is able to fund. Therefore, this requires the officers to select participants based on established criteria, outlined below, in an attempt to make the process fair and objective. Each prospective team member is assigned points for various components of participation, and the top-scoring people will be chosen to represent Wooster at the conference. The two essential components MUN officers weigh when determining the traveling team are attendance and performance at the two mock sessions. We are eager to include new people in this program, and past experience does not provide any advantage.
To build the most committed team capable of supporting each other at conference, it is vital for team members to know each other. It is no surprise, then, that attendance is key. Every meeting this semester covers an aspect of the conference activities and will make the conference experience easier on each team member. Students must be on time to all the meetings. At the conferences, delegates will have to navigate a large hotel and the United Nations building in order to be on time for committee. If you cannot be on time on our small campus, we assume that you won't be on time at the conference.
Mock Debate Performance
Besides attendance, participants in the mock debates will be analyzed on the following categories and assigned between 1 and 5 points for each (possible 20 points per session):
- Speaking ability and enthusiasm in debate
- Grasp of international issues
- Understanding of parliamentary procedure
- Resolution formation
Links To Model UN Resources
United Nations Information
- The Official Web Site of the United Nations
- UN Documentation and Research Guide
- United Nations News Center
- IMF Home Page
- Partnership In statistics for the development of the 21st Century
- Database of United Nations Organizations
- Opening Speeches in the General Assembly
- UN webcasts and UNTV broadcasts
- 57th General Assembly General Assembly Speeches
- United Nations Foundation
- United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
- Dag Hammarskjold Library
- UN General Assembly Website
- UN Security Council Website
- UN Pulse
- Johannesburg Summit
For more information
Meetings on Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.