Founded in 1987, Model United Nations at the University of Michigan (MUNUM) is a Model U.N. conference dedicated to providing high school students a space to engage with and find solutions to pressing international issues. Held on the picturesque campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, this conference is staffed by a team of dedicated undergraduate students from diverse fields of study. We are excited to welcome outstanding high school delegates from around the country for a weekend of passionate debate.
Over the course of four days, students work together to analyze global issues and propose thoughtful, creative, and innovative solutions, helping them learn more about geostrategy, diplomacy, compromise, and problem-solving. MUNUM’s topics range from national and international security, political and economic development, sustainability and environmentalism, human rights and law, and international partnership. By engaging in a vast array of multi-layered challenges, delegates take away bolstered skills in empathy, teamwork, and communication.
MUNUM was originally designed as a purely United Nations simulation conference, with our committee pool consisting entirely of UN organs such as the General Assemblies, the Security Council, and the UN’s independent agencies. As the activity of Model UN has evolved, so to have our committee offerings. Delegates can choose to represent Haiti’s United Nations Ambassador debating reforms to international maritime law, a member of the postwar British House of Commons considering welfare policy, or a Korean warrior in the 12th century Goryeo Dynasty, among other offerings.
Building on our almost forty-year history, MUNUM continues to provide every delegate with the best experience possible. From our unique committees to our passionate staff, our conference strives to ensure all participants—delegates, staffers, and advisors alike—leave MUNUM with a better sense of the problems facing our world and a passion and belief that those problems can be solved.
MUNUM has a long-standing partnership with the United World Schools organization that allows everyone participating in the conference, delegates and staff, to contribute to the betterment of our global community. All funds raised at MUNUM XXXIII will go toward helping maintain our partner school in Gufa, Nepal. You can read more about our efforts here.