Fairfield's Model UN is a student club that operates under the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA USA) and is open to all undergraduates in any major. A minimum of three conferences per year (two national and one international) enable selected members to compete with peers from all over the world, while feeding their interest in current events, increasing their public speaking skills, and opening up their minds to the political, social, and economic landscape of other countries.
About the Model UN
Model UN is a unique club which combines:
- Public speaking
The main objective of the club is to take part in a UN simulation, dealing with the same issues that the actual United Nations does. Students are no longer U.S. citizens, but instead become delegates of another country.
In preparation for the conferences, students research their country's culture, economics, history, geography and politics. Students must also pay close attention to current events. The major challenge of this club is to stop looking at everything as an American and to view situations through another country's eyes. As a result, students gain a greater appreciation and understanding of other cultures as well as their own.
The Fairfield team annually participates in several Model UN conferences and hosts an annual conference for High School students. At these conferences, students participate in simulations mimicking the UN General Assembly, or other similar multilateral bodies, at which they are faced by issues of global importance. Participating students will represent a country or position in an international arena through debate, writing draft resolutions, and negotiating with allies and adversaries.
Model UN provides a great perspective on the reality of international affairs and the international governance system. The Fairfield University team is an active member of the Fairfield University community, hosting events and meetings throughout the academic year.
For further information, please contact Jermain Griffin, Model UN advisor.