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 Taungoo Empire


The Taungoo Empire


Chair: Elaine Miao

Crisis Director: Alex Bednar


USG: Adarsh Balaji


Committee Type: Single Delegation

Dear Delegates,

Hello! My name is Elaine Miao, and I will be your chair for the enthralling First Toungoo Empire committee this BruinMUN. I am a current junior at UCLA, majoring in political science and minoring in global health. I participate avidly in Model UN at UCLA, and am the current USG of crisis committees for our college conference. Outside of MUN, I sing in my a cappella group, learn new languages, and work in student government as healthcare director for the External Vice President’s office. In my free time at college, I like to binge-watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, shoot portrait photography, and explore brunch places in LA. Being from Boston, Mass, I am also an avid Celtics and Patriots fan and will forever love and support Beantown.

Since my freshman year of high school, when I was put in a crisis committee with no training and no idea what Model United Nations even was, MUN has been an extracurricular close to my heart. From these past six years, I have learned about cooperation and diplomacy. Even more, I have seen the work that our generation has ahead of us to do in order to create a better world. I hope that I can spread the same passion to you!

I am very excited to work with you all to explore the past, present, and fate of this ancient Asian empire. Although few know much about this kingdom today, it was crucial in shaping parts of the Burma that we know today. Back before the solidified country borders we’re familiar with today, the strength and wit of rulers greatly impacted the outcome of territories and growth or demise of principalities. Our starting time frame lies crucial for this budding empires, as the beginning of new rule tends to be the most unstable. It is up to you all to decide how to proceed, in order to extend the greatness of this kingdom and avoid downfall.

I can’t wait to see what you all bring to the table, through discussion and crisis! It’s bound to be one of the best committees of BruinMUN yet.

Elaine Miao | Chair

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