Model UN and Model Diplomacy

Trade agreements. Refugee camps. Nuclear disarmament. Oil for food. You could be negotiating these sensitive international topics through model diplomacy programs.

Washington College students compete with the brightest undergraduates from the best schools in the country. The cost of these programs is partially underwritten by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs.

Security Council Simulation

During the Security Council Simulation at Yale University, students discuss foreign policy issues in terms of international law and crisis resolution. The three-day simulation, grounded in parliamentary procedure and committee structure, is solid preparation for other, larger Model UN simulations. The program is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Oros.

Model and World Model United Nations

For more than two decades, Washington College delegations have been participating in the international Model United Nations simulation at McGill University in Montreal.

As seniors, top delegates are invited to participate in the World Model UN Conference held in a different location each year, recently in Geneva, the Hague, and Taipei. Model UN is under the direction of Dr. Tahir Shad.

Diplomatic Training

Students may opt to take a two-credit course on the Model United Nations, which is offered as a complement to required delegate training. The course goes beyond the basics of delegate preparation (public speaking, model procedure, and familiarity with committee topics) to offer a broader framework for understanding the evolution of the United Nations since its founding in 1945, principal challenges it faces today, and the role of diplomacy and the diplomat in the modern world.

As part of the course, students are offered individualized feedback on their committee research for the model simulation, background information on important developments in international affairs and major international organizations, and the opportunity to reflect on the linkage between the model experience and the actual practice of international organizations in the 21st and previous centuries.