Welcome to DartMUN! They are an annual Model United Nations conference held on the beautiful Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College. Each year they lead hundreds of high school delegates in rousing debate on international politics, humanitarian causes, and more.
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. Moreover, this activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. 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.
Furthermore, thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, as well as leadership abilities.
Part of what makes Model UN great, though, is that it is rapidly re-inventing itself. Today, many MUN conferences hold simulations that are not UN committees. In addition to simulations of the Security Council and General Assembly, many conferences are running simulations of the US National Security Council, where delegates represent President Bush and Condoleezza Rice. Many conferences feature a Joint Cabinet Crisis, where two or more committees of delegates are linked together, and the actions taken in one committee affect the other.
In each committee, the committee staff will give the following awards:
Criteria for these awards include
This year committee staff will also give out awards for “Best Position Paper” in their committee to acknowledge those students who came most thoroughly prepared and exhibited written acumen in addressing the committee topics. Additionally, two schools will be selected to receive Best Delegation awards (one small delegation and one large delegation). Criteria for these awards will be based on the number of awards each delegation receives as well as feedback from daises about the diplomatic skills of delegates from each school.