Announcing the 2016-17 CSUSB Model United Nations-New York Team!

This team will represent CSUSB at the 2017 National Model United Nations-New York City Conference from April 7 to April 14, 2017.

This year our CSUSB students will represent the Republic of Ireland and Amnesty International at the conference. This will be only the fourth time in the history of the MUN program at CSUSB that we represent two separate delegations – a Member State of the UN and a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) with consultative status at the UN. Students from our Ireland team will serve on eight different committees, including the General Assembly First, Second and Third Committees, the Economic and Social Council, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN Environment Assembly, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Students from our Amnesty International team will serve as observers on three committees, including the Economic and Social Council, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. I have attached a copy of the assigned committees and their agenda topics to this email for your information. As you can see, there a large range of topics to be discussed at the conference which would appeal to a wide range of majors from across our university.

For a student to be eligible, they must be an enrolled student during the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Quarters. The selection to be on the teams is a competitive selection process. To become a part of the 2017 CSUSB MUN-NYC teams, students must complete the following 3 steps:

  1. submit an online application
  2. take the 2016-17 CSUSB MUN Entrance Exam (a 50-question multiple-choice exam that covers English expression, international organizations, international law, geopolitics, international political economics, international environmental law and issues and current affairs);
  3. if selected from the application and exam stage, students complete a 15-minute interview with a panel that includes myself, the Program Assistants for the teams, and an alumni of the CSUSB MUN Program. On average, the program has between 90 and 100 applicants each year for between 20 to 26 spots on the teams. There will be 16 spots available on the Ireland team and 6 spots available on the Amnesty International this year.

The 2016-17 CSUSB Entrance Exam will be given on Friday, November 4, 2 to 6 PM. The exam normally takes about an hour. Students can come in at any time between 2 and 6 PM on November 4 to take the exam. The exam will be given in SB-361.

If students are selected through this competitive selection process, they will be required to enroll in the GEOG 390 related course during the Winter 2017 Quarter (held on Fridays, 2 to 5:50 PM).

This is a great opportunity for students who want to learn more about the world and particularly the UN and UN system. Through preparing to represent the university at the 2017 NMUN-NY Conference, students will learn about diplomacy, the UN and UN system, regional global governance, the geopolitics of Western Europe and the European Union and the role of human rights and the promotion of humanitarian and human rights law in the international system. Additionally, students will get to further develop their critical thinking skills, interpersonal communication skills, public speaking skills, writing skills and their negotiation skills. All of these are skills that graduate programs and employers are increasingly looking for in our graduates.

If you have questions concerning this great opportunity to join our internationally award-winning program, please feel free to email Dr. Kevin Grisham, kgrisham@csusb.edu.

Thank you all for the continued support of this program and the work that the students do through the Model UN Program at CSUSB.