Model United Nations

High school student delegates take part in the McKennaMUN Conference.

For two days (April 8-9) all across campus, Claremont McKenna College and the CMC Model United Nations (CMCMUN) student organization will host nearly 600 high school students for the annual McKennaMUN V conference. During the conference, through discussion and debate, visiting high school delegates are exposed to critical global diplomacy topics such as cyberwar, refugee rights, and global pandemics. Under the guidance of the McKennaMUN staff, delegates hone their writing, negotiating, and public speaking skills.

CMC students at Model UN competition.

Update: CMC's Model UN team competed in the WorldMUN in Montreal in March and each member of the team won an individual award. "Over the course of one week, we were able to work with, exchange ideas, and share experiences with delegates from around the world," said team member Emma Houston '19.

 

The championships just keep piling up.

CMC 2016 World Model United Nations team

History repeats.

CMC’s World Model UN (WorldMUN) team won Best Small Delegation at the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference from March 14-18 in Rome. This establishes CMC as a back-to-back world champion at what is considered to be the “Olympics of MUN,” after the team’s victory in the same category last year in Seoul, South Korea. 

In the Small Delegation category, CMC competed against some of the best teams from the U.S., including West Point, Yale, Georgetown, and Berkeley.

Zephanii Smith

Time and again, surveys have cited public speaking to top the list of human fears – even more than impending death! 

So what would it be like to give a speech in as imposing an edifice as the United Nations Headquarters in New York City? For Zephanii Smith ’13, who earlier in the month addressed an impressive list of organization heads and some of the world’s leading female entrepreneurs there as a 2015 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Fellow, it was something to take in stride and be “thrilled about.”

UPDATE 3/25:

CMC MUN TEAM WINS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION!

Claremont McKenna's Model UN team recently competed in the the Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) conference, winning the conference in their size division.

Claremont McKenna College’s Model United Nations team has ranked seventh nationally—the highest for a liberal art college and the best on the West Coast.

The rankings, compiled by Best Delegate, an independent Model U.N. consultancy, are based on tabulations of teams’ success and awards in Model U.N. conferences nationwide.

High school students converged on CMC this spring to debate an issue of central diplomatic and military importance for the world. What was it?

The Trojan War.