Michigan State University Model U.N. is the premier High School conference in the Midwest. Over 5,500 delegates from 140 schools have attended our conference over the past fourteen years. Students from across the country have come back again and again to Michigan State University’s Model United Conference. Put simply, delegates have a great time. The staff at MSUMUN prides itself as being both educational and exciting. Committees a part of General Assemblies are meant to instruct students about the functions of the United Nations and how a legislature works as a body. The Crisis committees will take a look at more focused topics of either historical or current events. We are excited about all of our committees this year and our enthusiastic staff looks forward to hosting an excellent conference for you. Students will be able to explore a world-class university while visiting campus and get a taste of college life on Grand River Avenue.
MSU Model UN prides itself on creating an environment that uniquely contributes to the delegate’s education. In committee, delegates will strengthen everything from their knowledge of policy issues to personal leadership skills. The Staff of MSUMUN has been trained through both an intensive process run by the conference and through the Model U.N. Team at Michigan State, the International Relations Organization. While in committee, students will be assisted in developing the ability to collaborate amongst peers, negotiate between parties with strong convictions, along with drafting official documents. Delegates will also enhance their reasoning skills through trying to solve dynamic, multidimensional problems. We craft our committees in the hopes of drawing all students into participation and improvement. Through assistance from both the staff and peers, students will be able to return home with abilities that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
MSUMUN was founded in 2000 by students from James Madison College, MSU’s public affairs college. Hoping to create a conference that was fun, educational, and delegate-friendly, these students watched their dream become a reality at the first conference in 2001.
Interesting topics included the Historical Security Council, which dealt with the creation of Israel, and a conference-wide crisis dealing with outer space.
In 2003, the conference expanded even further to 18 schools and 218 delegates. New committees, such as the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and NATO, were added to meet the growing demand.
MSUMUN IV drew 18 schools and 250 delegated and took on new committees such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Programme, while continuing to foster fierce debate in the tried-and-true committees like DISEC and the UNSC. MSUMUN IV also played host to a most successful experiment-the Joint Crisis.
MSUMUN V was the final year spent at MSU’s Kellogg Center, as by now the conference had grown too large to be held there. MSUMUN’s first application-based committee was a success, allowing the best delegated to debate the policies of the Bush National Security Council.
MSUMUN VI exploded in growth thanks to a new venue, expanding to a then-record eleven committees. In South Lansing, delegates took on an expanded range of Specialized and Crisis committees, as well as General Assemblies.
MSUMUN VII was a banner year for MSUMUN, with 26 schools and 12 committees. Session VII also saw the first international school take part in MSUMUN, the Dunham School from Singapore.
MSUMUN VIII brought 20 schools to Lansing for another year of debate and resolution. Session VIII also marked the beginning of a renaissance in Crisis committees, focusing the staff and Secretariat’s desires to provide the most realistic and entertaining crises they can devise.
After three years away, MSUMUN IX marked the triumphant return of MSUMUN to MSU’s campus. Now housed in the MSU Union, MSUMUN took on a new life by being more closely linked to the East Lansing community.
MSUMUN X hosted an astounding 417 delegates from 28 schools. With 12 different committees, delegated covered topics ranging from the FAO, the House Un-American Activities Committee, to British Counter intelligence during WWII. MSUMUN XI had the then-largest delegate count in the history of MSUMUN with 500 delegates from 28 schools. Delegated participated in committees as varied as the UNPBC, the United States Senate, UNSC 1948, and the CDC. MSUMUN XIII in 2012 marked another great year with a record-breaking 560 delegates. Schools from across Michigan tackled heavy topics in committees such as the WHO, 9/11 Commission, the UNSC 2036, and many more.
MSUMUN XIII marked the last conference held in the MSU Union. Committees varied from UNESCO and SOCHUM, to the Iroquois Confederation and the African Union.
MSUMUN XIV 2014 found a new home at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on MSU’s beautiful campus. The Kellogg took MSUMUN to a new level, allowing over 720 delegated from across the Midwest to compete. Finding itself with a world of opportunities, the staff of MSUMUN rose to the occasion and left MSUMUN Session XIV as one of the highest-rated conferences in Michigan.
The Michigan State Model United Nations Conference is an event set apart, raised above the rest. It is a conference that has developed a learning environment that enables students to not only become an active participant in the world around them, but also teaches life long skills. We have been able to craft an educational focus through our internationally recognized staff.
We have created a conference that is tailored to students looking to broaden their high school educational experience. We have refined the experience students will have while attending the conference with aid from experience gained from competing across the country and world.
While in committee, students will be assisted in developing the ability to collaborate amongst peers, negotiate between parties with strong convictions, along with drafting official documents. Delegates will also enhance their reasoning skills through trying to solve dynamic, multidimensional problems. We craft our committees in the hopes of drawing all students into participation and improvement . Both in General Assemblies and Crisis’, we are striving to construct an environment where delegates can work together to reach a common goal and learn to
work together. Through assistance from both the staff and peers, students will be able to return home with abilities that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
The Staff of MSUMUN has been trained through both an intensive process run by the conference and through the Model U.N. Team at Michigan State, the International Relations Organization. Staff members attend conferences in Washington D.C., Chicago, Montreal, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston and other cities across the continent and compete against schools like Harvard, Georgetown, Yale, and Westpoint. Our award winning team knows what it is to be a delegate in a room with fierce competition, and we have brought this experience back to MSUMUN with us. Through our training on campus and abroad, we have created a conference that has the most competent staff in the region.
The staff will work to strengthen delegate skills in the committee room and show students how to competently debate complex issues while also having a good time. Our team prides ourselves on not only winning awards, but also making life long friends. We go to conferences to forge connections with other schools and students. We bring this emphasis on camaraderie and fellowship among delegates to MSUMUN so all students can forge friendships and links across the country.