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.

The Beaver Wars

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The Beaver Wars

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Chair: Zain Khalifeh

Crisis Director: Justin Van Ligten

 

USG: Adarsh Balaji

Email: usg.crisis@bruinmun.org

Committee Type: Single Delegation

Hello delegates,

My name is Zain Khalifeh and I will be serving as your chair for the Beaver Wars crisis committee of this year’s BruinMUN. I am currently a sophomore studying Biochemistry pursuing a career in both the practice of medicine and biomedical research. I have participated in Model U.N. since freshman year of high school, and it has allowed me to satisfy my interest in politics and debate that my science classes usually do not address. In the little free time I have outside of class and Model U.N., I enjoy teaching myself a variety of rock and pop songs on the violin, keeping up with the Lakers, and wasting my life away on Netflix (sometimes just rewatching The Office).

The Beaver Wars were among the first events that influenced the early colonial period in the Americas. The aftermath of the Beaver Wars had permanent effects on the political atmosphere between the young European empires. From defining the relationship between colonials and Native Americans to altering the economic dynamic in the New World, there are a lot of moving pieces to consider in this conflict other than military aspect. I am excited to see how you delegates navigate these complicated, codependent topics as you pursue your own personal and committee agendas.

As this is a crisis committee, control over the outcome of the Beaver Wars is entirely in the hands of the delegates. I encourage you all to put forward creative and ambitious solutions. I am confident that our Crisis Director Justin and our crisis staff will incorporate your actions into the trajectory of committee.

I look forward to meeting you all in committee and seeing the interesting journey we take us as we return to and rewrite the Beaver Wars.

Sincerely,
Zain Khalifeh

Chair beaver@bruinmun.org

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