PREPARING TO LEAD THE WORLD
Students in Model UN are passionate about solving the world’s problems. In Model UN, they work together, developing leadership and teamwork skills by exploring international issues.
However, Alma’s students are more than just passionate—they’re successful. And they demonstrate it year after year.
A “Model UN Superpower”
A recent article in the Huffington Post called Alma College’s team a “superpower.” As a whole, they’ve earned 39 “outstanding delegation” awards at the Midwest Regional Competition and 32 at the National Competition in the last 19 years, the most of any college or university in the 90-year history of the conference.
How Does Model UN Work?
Model UN is a winter semester political science course open without prerequisite to all students, regardless of major. Model UN students often enroll as first-year students and continue as team members throughout their four years at Alma (Model UN can be taken every year for credit.)
Students represent both countries and non-governmental organizations, researching current policies and developing ways to improve at the Midwest competition in St. Louis and the national competition in New York City.
They also spend two days in the United Nations headquarters itself, interacting with leading UN officials and experts during committee sessions, and attend a briefing by senior foreign service officers at the U.S. State Department’s Mission to the UN.
Recent topics they’ve tackled:
- The environment
- International trade
- Israeli-Palestinian conflict