St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Model United Nations Team

   


Model United Nations (MUN) is a student simulation of the proceedings of the United Nations. Students, referred to as delegates, are assigned a country to represent in one of the UN’s numerous committees with pre-set topics to debate. They research the background of their country, their country's position on the topics at hand, and prepare notes on possible solutions to the problems faced. Students then convene at Model UN conferences, which range in size from 100 to 5,000 delegates, to debate their assigned topics with students representing the other UN member states. Much like the real UN, the goal is to identify solutions, by negotiation and consensus, on which many countries can agree.

Model UN is a powerful experience that offers highly valuable benefits in an engaged and dynamic way. The benefits and skills are wide but particularly focus on knowledge of global issues and development in 21st century skills, including research, public speaking, and critical thinking.


CALENDAR

2019-2020 Season Calendar Here

Any scheduling conflicts or issues should be reported to Mr. Dunn as soon as possible. 

 
Team Meetings
ALL members should attend all team meetings throughout the school year. These times are run in workshop fashion to learn new or simply practice techniques of the Model UN program. Both novice and experienced delegates can benefit from these sessions. 

Practice Simulations 
ALL members are ALWAYS strongly encouraged to attend these sessions. They occur approximately 3-4 times a school year for about 3 hour sessions. The sessions provide longer length session to simulate conference conditions. Throughout and at the end, students will 

Research Preparations, MUNdays
These dates are for delegates that are registered for a specific conference. They are mostly informal and dedicated time to work through research with other team members after school. If you are unable to attend these preparation sessions, it is possible to do it on your own time after consulting with Mr. Dunn.

Conferences
We will participate in a variety of conferences this season.  Conferences range in size and level of expertise.  St. Andrew's heavily subsides our conference costs however there are some fees that delegate families must contribute. All conferences are not open to all delegates. Some conferences are based on prior involvement and participation

*All delegates should bring their blue Model UN binder to every meeting/simulation/etc.


SPECIAL DATES


UT Lecture: "Going with the Grain: Reframing 18th Century Iranian History around Ecological Crisis"

Dr. James Gustafson
Monday, October 21, 2019




United Nations Day Celebration
Saturday, October 26 9am - 12pm
New Leaf Agriculture at MRC

RSVP Here
Password is: sasaustin



TRAINING SESSIONS/ AGENDA


Wed., Oct 2
Wed., Oct 30

Wed., Nov 13

Wed., Dec. 4
Wed., Dec. 11

Wed., Jan. 15
Wed., Jan 29


RESOURCES

Basic MUN Links
CIAO: Columbia Intl Affairs Online
Database for international topics
UN Treaty Collection

SAS Subscription Databases
CONFERENCE DETAILS

Central Texas Model UN Conference
November 1-3, 2019

Model UN San Antonio
January 9-10, 2020

Student International Conference Model UN
February 1, 2020

Boston Model UN Conference
February 7-9, 2020

CTMUN Crisis (Austin, TX)
Central Texas Crisis MUN Conference
1 day, April 2020


PAST CONFERENCES 2019-2020
Austin High Model UN Conference
Saturday, September 21, 2019





Conference costs are subsidized by the school. 

There is a limit on delegation size for some conferences. Students that are invited to attend is base off of attendance to team events (i.e., meetings, simulations, etc) and possibly performance at past conferences.



WHY MUN?

Some of the many benefits of participating in Model UN includes:
  • develop critical thinking skills; 
  • supports ethical practicesacademic integrity, and rule of law
  • researching
  • writing argument-based, evidence-drive papers, resolutions, amendments, and press releases; 
  • practicing several forms of public speaking
  • honing interpersonal/persuasive skills
  • learn about parliamentary procedure and how to use it; and 
  • develop creative problem-solving abilities.