What is Model UN?

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which are organized by high school or college MUN clubs. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which challenges individuals to develop and utilize their research, public speaking, debate, and writing skills, as well as their critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.

Is Model UN competitive?

Model UN is a competition, but it is also meant to be fun and constructive.  Model UN competitions are referred to as conferences in which delegates from across the region come to debate their own respective topics in specialized UN committees.  At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel.  Outstanding delegates are those who cooperate and stay in the policy/character of their assigned member state throughout the course of a conference.  Generally speaking, the committee chairs will assess individuals on the following criteria in order to determine their respective placement: 

  • Accuracy of portrayal
  • Clarity of ideas
  • Quality of research
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Use of parliamentary procedure
  • Diplomacy
  • Partner-based and multilateral collaboration

Is Model UN a big time commitment?

Yes and no.  OPHS Model UN members must attend at least three conferences per school year and one meeting per month in order to be considered an active member.  Most high school conferences are two-day events that begin on a Friday night and continue all day on Saturday.  OPHS MUN typically attends 5-8 conferences per year, so there are plenty of opportunities for members to make it to the required number of competitions.  We understand that people are involved in other extra-curriculars beyond Model UN, so you are certainly not obligated to attend every conference (though we would love to have you!).  A vast majority of OPHS MUN members are involved in either sports, other clubs, and/or advanced-level classes, so we work with each and every member to ensure that they can still be an active member of the club.

It is important to note, however, that preparing for conferences requires quite the investment of both time and effort.  In order to accurately reflect the views of your member state, you must heavily research its policies and stances on the topics at hand.  OPHS MUN offers training in the fall and guidance throughout the year to help ease this process for its new members.

How do I join?

You are able to join Model UN at any point in the school year, but joining in the fall semester is ideal as that is when most of our trainings and mock conferences are going to be held.  In order to join, come to one of our meetings held after school.  It is important that you speak with one of our Officers either before or after the meeting to express your interest in joining, and we can help initiate the process for you.

All individuals are required to pay the $30.00 dues cost each year in order to join or remain a member of the club.  This money goes towards mitigating some of the many behind-the-scenes costs that are associated with attending/hosting conferences.

We highly encourage you to listen to the announcements for upcoming meetings, follow us on Instagram (@opmun) and Twitter (@OP_MUN), and check the MUN bulletin board in Mr. Sturges's room (2036).  If you have any questions about joining, feel free to email our Public Liaison, Claire Darcy at modelunophs@gmail.com.