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.

2016-2017 Executive Board

Shantam Jain, President

Shantam Jain is a fourth-year Business Economics major from the beautiful city of Calcutta, India. He is entering his eighth year in Model United Nations and has never been more excited. Having spent two summers interning in finance, Shantam plans to work as an investment banker after graduating. Outside of school and MUN, Shantam is a member of Theta Chi fraternity, an analyst in Bruin Asset Management and a mentor in the Undergraduate Business Society. He also takes interest in playing poker, increasing his network in and outside of UCLA and (very occasionally) enjoying a cold brew.

Shushan Ginosyan, BruinMUN Secretary General

Shushan Ginosyan is a fourth-year Philosophy major from Los Angeles, California. She has been involved in MUN since high school, and is looking forward to spending the coming year with MUN at UCLA. She is particularly excited to be organizing BruinMUN, a conference she has taken part in since high school. Shushan is also an active participant in UCLA's MUN travel team, and has attended conferences across the country. Apart from MUN, Shushan serves as an intern for the Immigrant Rights Project at Public Counsel, a non-profit legal firm. On her down-time, she enjoys engaging in heated philosophical debates with friends, reading the latest edition of The Economist, and catching up with her favorite sports teams.


Aditya Deshpande, LAMUN Secretary General

Aditya Deshpande is a third year Financial Actuarial Mathematics and Business Economics double major from Mumbai, India. He has been involved in Model UN since high school and is looking forward to a great year of MUN at UCLA. Having interned in asset management and investment banking in the past, Aditya hopes to break into investment banking once he graduates. Outside of MUN Aditya is a member of Bruin Asset Management, and when free can be found binge-watching Netflix, rooting for the LA Lakers, or playing basketball. 

Alex Bednar, Chief of Staff

A third year Geography Environmental Studies Major here at UCLA, Alex is incredibly excited to be MUN’s Chief of Staff this year. He hails from New Albany, Ohio, and has participated in MUN in some capacity since the young age of 13. Alex is excited to continue this participation through his executive position. In the future, Alex hopes to combine his love for global politics and the environment to help the world and the environment. He is an avid reader, and enjoys re-reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice and Fire series and anything by Kurt Vonnegut. In Alex’s free time, he also writes stories, studies the news, and plays tennis with friends or anyone else who wants to play.

Kunal Jhaveri, Director of Travel Team

Kunal Jhaveri is a third-year Economics and Political Science double-major. Kunal hails from the quaint New England town of Trumbull, Connecticut where he began his Model UN journey in high school. Through his high school club, Kunal enjoyed participation at Model UN conferences at Dartmouth, Yale, and George Washington universities. He has throughly used his experiences at these conferences to build a career on the collegiate circuit. Outside of Model UN, Kunal has previously held internships in marketing, sales, and finance. He serves on the Executive Board of the UCLA Pre-Law Society and plans to attend law school upon graduation. When he has a bit of free time on his hands, you can find him vehemently supporting his cherished Manchester United in the English Premier league, engaging in political conversation, or scouring LA for authentic bites to eat.


Min Jae Yun, Director of Finance

Min Jae is a 4th year at UCLA double majoring in economics and political science. Hailing from Incheon, South Korea, he had the fortune of living in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vancouver and New England before coming to LA for college. It is this international experience that fostered his interest in politics, international relations and Model UN. After his 4th and final year, Min Jae will fulfill the mandatory military service. A film buff, Min Jae enjoys revisiting classic Hong Kong films from directors like John Woo and Johnnie To in his spare time.


Rishi Bhargava, Director of Training

Born and raised in Bombay, Rishi came to UCLA to pursue Computer Science and Statistics. Now a junior, he serves on the Board of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (The Computer Science Honor Society), plays Squash for UCLA's club team and spends the rest of his time in various rooms in Boelter Hall finding quiet places to code. Most of Rishi's remaining time is spent with Model UN at UCLA. In the last 2 years with the club, he has represented the club at almost every conference possible. With several years of MUN experience under his belt, Rishi moonlights as the Co-Head Delegate for UCLA's Travel Team. Rishi loves traveling and is known to take spur of the moment trips on the weekends he is not competing for UCLA Model UN or Squash. When he is not on his laptop, on the squash court or in another city, Rishi can be found sleeping on a hammock near Jann Steps.


Soumyadeep Chatterjee, Director of Internal Relations

Born in New Delhi, Soumyadeep spent the bulk of his childhood in Muscat, Oman before coming to UCLA to study Electrical Engineering. He takes great interest in exploring the cultures of the world; to that end, he has visited over 30 countries and is fluent in 7 languages. Model UN gradually grew to be his passion, and he looks forward to a great year ahead. Other than Model UN, He is an active member of Triangle Fraternity, and is a member of IEEE at UCLA. When not under heaps of coursework, he can be found enjoying a round of golf, playing his guitar, or supporting his beloved Chelsea F.C.


Virginia Su, Director of External Relations

Virginia is a fourth-year Marine Biology and Political Science major at UCLA. This will be her sixth year doing Model UN, and she must admit that it has not been a journey without its ups and downs. Through these years, she has been able to learn many things and make some life-long friendships. Aside from MUN, she can be usually found sipping a caffeinated drink, memorizing sugar molecules, or taking photographs. In her final year of MUN with this club, she hopes to be able to show incoming members why exactly this activity has grown to be such a large part of her college life.


Gilma Bernal, Director of Marketing

Born in the city of Los Angeles but raised in a small desert town, Gilma is a fourth year psychology major with a minor in education. She has been a part of Model UN since community college, where she found passionate and avid young researchers who, like her, thrived on facts, and more importantly, friendship. Aside from MUN, Gilma is involved in the undergraduate student government of UCLA as Campus Climate Director, advocating for diversity and inclusivity. She is also involved in Residential Life, as a Resident Assistant to the first year community. She currently works as a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department, exploring the effects of a collectivistic upbringing on cognitive decision-making in Latino/a first generation students. After graduation, she hopes to serve an underrepresented community for two years in the JVC. In her spare time, she can be found in the classics section of her local library, sipping coffee, or watching a film that she (admittedly) chose based solely on its soundtrack. 


Adriana Morton, Director of Logistics

Adriana is a fourth year political science student from Pleasanton, California. This is her second year as Director of Logistics following a semester spent in Berlin and a term as USG of LAMUN. She has interned with Senator Barbara Boxer, the Department of Health and Human Services, and most recently with Congressman Eric Swalwell. Through these experiences, she developed a passion for healthcare policy. She hopes to attend law school after graduation and pursue a career in public service.


Xinrui Xue, Director of Publications

Xinrui Xue is a third year Economics and International Development Studies double major with a minor in Accounting from Palos Verdes, CA. Since joining Model UN in high school, she has competed in and staffed over 35 conferences and taught MUN to high school students all over North America. She is incredibly excited to serve as Director of Publications and has high hopes for the International Press for the 2016-17 academic year. Outside of MUN, Xinrui is the Chief of Finance of UCLA's Student Wellness Commission and an intern at LACMA. In her spare time, you can find her exploring LA with her DSLR or making new Spotify playlists.


Shankar Chelliah, Director of Technology

Born in Boston, Shankar was raised in the Bay Area and Bangalore, India, before coming to UCLA to pursue his bachelors. He has been involved in MUN since high school, having staffed and attended numerous conferences across the globe, and looks forward to serving on the board for this year. As a third-year Economics major with a minor in Global Studies, Shankar has interned in investment banking, venture capitalism, and management consulting before, and hopes to break into investment banking upon graduation. Outside Model UN at UCLA, he is a member of Bruin Value Investing, and loves basketball, chess, and taking naps.

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