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.

UNESCO

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UNESCO

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Chair: Kristie Valerie Hoang

 

USG: Benjamin Lee

Email: usg.ga@bruinmun.org

 

Topic A: Ensuring journalists’ Rights

Topic B: Promoting Cultural Awareness of Minorities

Committee Type: Dual Delegation

Dear Delegates,

It’s my greatest pleasure to welcome you to BruinMUN. My name is Kristie-Valerie Hoang, and I will be your chair for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization at this year’s conference.

I am currently a sophomore here at UCLA, pursuing a double major Human Biology and Society and Political Science. I’m a SoCal native, hailing from Huntington Beach. Outside MUN, I am the Assistant Photo Editor for the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s newspaper.

We live in a period where ‘fake news’ runs rampant from our President’s mouth, and a time where minority groups have built their solid foundation in the United States, but have yet to find their piece in the American quilt. Both these topics hit both my passions for journalism and First Amendment rights, and my own struggle with my Vietnamese-American identity since coming to UCLA. I urge you to examine these issues and be cognisant of the current world that we live in - there are no perfect resolutions, but there are impossible resolutions.

Keeping these thoughts in mind, I am thrilled to hear the plethora of perspective and spirited debates on these topics. UNESCO is a particularly large general assembly - debate will be swift and fast-paced in order to properly explore the depth and complexity of these topics.

If you have any questions about the background guide, the committee, or anything in general, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you in committee this upcoming November.

Best of luck, Kristie-Valerie Hoang

Chair, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization BruinMUN 2017

unesco@bruinmun.org

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