Model United Nations
CSUN’s Model United Nations program offers a challenging and enriching experience for students. The skill sets learned in the class transcend disciplinary boundaries and develop talents that students will use long after they graduate. Through the program, students acquire impressive research, writing, debate, speech, collaboration, professional, and diplomatic skills. They also learn to be leaders and to think critically. The course is extremely rigorous and requires a significant commitment from the participants. Students are expected to participate in mock UN conferences which are held in various locations around the United States. At these conferences, students are assigned specific countries to represent and work in committees with students from all over the world to write resolutions that address pressing global issues. The conferences are highly competitive and awards are given to delegations of students based on how well they write research papers, discuss proposals, and deliver speeches. CSUN frequently wins awards at these conferences, often placing first as a team and as individual delegates. Students learn from their experience in Model UN the importance of discipline, teamwork, and follow-through, which will help them become leaders in their community and beyond. They also become part of the large network of past Model UN students which can be a critical linkage resource for graduate studies and careers. The program provides a life-changing intellectual and social experience for CSUN students who form lasting connections within the global academic community.
For more information about the program, please contact the faculty advisor Dr. Jennifer De Maio at email@example.com. If you would like to support the program by volunteering time or donating to fund student activities, please contact the department chair David Leitch at .
2017 MUN Conferences
CSUN’s Model United Nations team was successful in both the fall and spring 2017 semesters. This fall, one team was led by head delegates Jaelin Palmer and Milad Salami to win the Outstanding Delegation award representing Ethiopia at the National Model United Nations conference in Washington, D.C.
The team also won position paper awards and outstanding delegate awards in the Security Council (Sheryl Callos and Milad Salami), GA1 (Will Shumate and Felipe Cabello), and UNCTAD (Jaelin Palmer and Adam Chavez).
The team in Spring 2017 was led by head delegates Jennifer Veitia and Rogelio Ruiz and competed in 4 conferences over the course of the semester. They won awards at each conference.
At a conference in Riverside, the following students were acknowledged for their performance: Jennifer Veitia, Raina Iqbal, and Rujjares Hansapiromchok (outstanding delegation).
At a conference hosted by College of the Canyons, our students won 5 out of the 6 awards given. Those students were: Jennifer Veitia and Sheryl Callos (outstanding) Milad Salami, Jaelin Palmer, & Rujjares Hansapiromchok (Honorable Mention).
In New York, 10 students competed in the National Model United Nations Conference and represented Equatorial Guinea in 5 committees. The team won Distinguished Delegation. In addition, Rogelio Ruiz and Max Goossen won a position paper award, and Milad Salami, Abby Lewis, Rujjares Hansapiromchok, and Andy Ordonez won Outstanding Delegation in Committee Awards.
12 students competed in the Model United Nations Far West conference in San Francisco and represented Burundi, Benin, and Central African Republic. Burundi represented by Jennifer Veitia, Rogelio Ruiz, Sean Regan, Ofelia Calderon, and Souk Saignavong won Outstanding Delegation.
Political science professor and MUN adviser Jennifer De Maio said of the students, “They worked really hard to accomplish their many successes and I am so very proud of them.”
Members of California State University, Northridge's Fall 2017 Model United Nations Team celebrate their "Outstanding Delegation Award" in Washington D.C.