The Irvin D. Reid Honors College sponsors a Model United Nations (MUN) conference annually for 100 high school students from around Michigan. MUN helps students learn the art of diplomacy and compromise while better understanding how the United Nations operates.
High school students are needed as MUN ambassadors. WSU students, faculty, and staff are needed to volunteer as facilitators.
What is it?
MUN simulates a real session of the United Nations. A different global issue is highlighted each year. Recent past issues included global climate change, HIV/AIDS policy, educational sustainability in Honduras, drug trafficking, resolution and diplomacy in Iraq, human rights and genocide in Sudan, nuclear weapons in North Korea, child labor in Asia, and the sexual slave trade of women and children.
This year's issues are Ebola, Climate Change, and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Each high school participant is named an MUN ambassador and assigned to represent a particular country.
Ambassadors receive background materials in advance to familiarize themselves with the topic and to develop an understanding of the global issue being debated. Ambassadors have specialized roles within each country; members work together to draft resolutions based on their country's position on the issue being debated.
Ambassadors convene for a General Assembly hearing and present their country's resolution on the issue. The General Assembly votes on the resolutions; the one receiving the most votes is adopted.
Wayne State University volunteers register participants, aid ambassadors with their duties, facilitate debate, help draft resolutions, and assist with set up and closing down of the event.
When is it?
The date for the 2016 WSU MUN conference has not yet been set.
Where is it?
Wayne State University's main campus.
Who is eligible?
High school students can be nominated by a high school faculty member or administrator to participate, or may nominate themselves. Wayne State Honors students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to volunteer.
How do I register?
Honors College students interested in volunteering for Model UN should email ModelUN@wayne.edu.
Where can I get more information?
E-mail ModelUN@wayne.edu or call Honors at (313) 577-3030 and ask for MUN Secretary General.