Model United Nations at UCLA

Since 1950

Model United Nations at UCLA provides a forum for discussion of international relations and events through dynamic and academically stimulating simulation of the United Nations. We host two major Model UN conferences annually, and provide opportunities for members to travel nationally and internationally to compete in collegiate MUN conferences. MUN at UCLA holds weekly general meetings and frequent social events featuring guest speakers, conference and travel training, discussion of international events, and more.

Participation in Model UN activities promotes desirable and marketable traits such as public and impromptu speaking, networking, international engagement, and creative problem solving.

BruinMUN, our fall quarter high school conference, brings approximately 1000 high school students to UCLA for a weekend of debate, healthy competition, and fun. The conference, entering its 21st year, exposes high school students to UCLA and provides leadership experience for our staffers.

LAMUN, our spring quarter college conference, has an eight year history. Several hundred participants from dozens of domestic and international colleges and universities converge in Los Angeles annually to simulate UN style debate in a variety of unique, “crisis based” committees.

Our travel team is open to all and sends delegations to several conferences annually. Unlike many other MUN programs, members can try out for each conference.

Our primary goal is to continue growing and improving our conferences, travel team, and events. We strive to provide a consistently high quality experience at no cost to our members.

Chariots and Machine Guns Rarely Go Well Together

Satirical Cartoon about League of Nations from the 1920s

Satirical Cartoon about League of Nations from the 1920s

Yet this year at BruinMUN we are courageously surging forth to explode such silly superstitions with the organising of two of the most strategically ground-breaking conglomerates of historic fame. With some little breathing-room, granted by that fair sun that every once a century shines peace and harmony upon the citizens of the Eurasian plains, a number of ambitious political gurus decided that they would set up the League of Nations in order to pre-empt the next great global conflict. World War I had made industrious Europeans into corpses, and their land into ashes. The hope was always there that they would not be incapable or undesiring of the inevitable challenge to sovereignty. In this year’s 26th Assembly of the League of Nations, delegates get to roll up their sans-culottes, and get to working on some procedures and means by which the eventual disaster can be averted. Will they be successful? We won’t care to find out… 

East India Company officials depicted in a painting

East India Company officials depicted in a painting

Because there is an even better way of dealing with perpetually prickly conflicts and those pesky indigenous groups that always get in the way of demonstrative and deliberate discussion. Just organise yourself into a company espousing free market ideals and bearing a charter from your figurehead of choice. At this year’s BruinMUN, the biggest attraction for all you history nerds should then most definitely be the East India Company. Featuring the antics of successive generations of courtly Romantic Imperialist Britons, those of you participating will feel the rush of fast-tracked diplomacy (by indulgence from your Friendly Neighbourhood Monarch), destructive environmental policy, six hundred years of darkness and misery condensed into less than a hundred, and many more depressing realities of cultural wars that will have you rejecting your Protestant Anglican Archbishop, and setting up in a Hindu temple to learn the art of snake-charming. 

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