Model United Nations Team Seeks Student Members

Truman’s Model United Nations Team is seeking students interested in world politics, a fulfilling extracurricular activity and course credits to join the organization.

Model United Nations focuses on the hottest current issues arising within the international system. Students from institutions from coast to coast come together to act as delegates of the countries of the world in simulating the debates, negotiations, court cases, crisis management and other activities carried out by the United Nations.

This year, the Model U.N. lottery picked Team Truman to act out the role of the United States of America. This is a tremendous chance for Truman’s squad, since the U.S. delegation must actively participate in virtually every aspect of simulation. Although Truman’s team has already garnered far more than its share of "Best Delegation" recognitions during the past 30 years, all eyes will be on this year’s team to see if it can fulfill its new obligation successfully.

In order to meet its obligations, Truman’s team needs many more student participants. Training sessions will be from 8-10 p.m., every Tuesday, beginning March 7, in Baldwin Hall 348. Model United Nations, POL 554, Section 2, is a two-semester class (spring and fall) that earns students a total of three credit hours. The class will be largely student-taught.

The spring sessions of the course prepare students for the Conference. Participants will gain important information regarding the United Nations and American Model United Nations (AMUN), be grounded in the discussion/debate format, and be exposed to a broad range of relevant U.S. policies and positions. The fall session will continue the process and increase the intensity. Writing and defending resolutions regarding the issues will be part of the challenge.

The AMUN Conference will take place in Chicago from Nov. 18-21. The University will pay for the students’ rooms, travel and delegation expenses. Students must pay for their own food.

Students interested in participating or obtaining more information should contact Amanda Keener at or Stuart Vorkink, professor of political science, at
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