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.

Six Ways To Prepare For BruinMUN: A Beginner’s Guide

Is this your first Model United Nations conference? Are you unsure on how to prepare? If so, consider the following six ways to impress your committee that might, if done well, win you an award:

by Hilda Loury

1) Read your background guide at least twice, and take notes. One of the best ways to feel comfortable in committee is to be familiar with the issues. The background guide provides facts and figures that are important to know. Bonus points for conducting further research.

Research is key

Research is key

2) Research your country. The most prepared delegates are those who are familiar with their country’s foreign policy. A delegate who can recite relevant facts and figures about their country are sure to gain respect and credibility from their peers. A Google or Wikipedia search will do the trick.

3) Dress to impress. An aesthetic outfit not only looks good, but it feels good, too. Dress well, and you will radiate ambition and confidence. Proper hygiene is a must. Bonus points for a statement piece. Review the following guidelines of Western Business Attire here.

4) Bring your laptop, and relevant chargers. Having your laptop on hand will allow you to look up additional information in the middle of committee (though you should only do this in unmoderated caucus). You can also type up resolutions, which will make you stand out and look busy [*cough* awards].

Interacting with delegates that sit close to you can be an effective way to gain allies

Interacting with delegates that sit close to you can be an effective way to gain allies

5) Find colleagues and allies in your committee. Self-explanatory. A powerful team is the secret to support on resolutions and proposals and success. Also, new Facebook friends!

6) Don’t be afraid to speak up. Chances are other people are just as nervous as you. Ask a question when you are unsure what is going on, it is likely that someone else is lost, too. If you speak with authority and confidence, almost anything can sound intelligent and relevant. 

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