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CSUSB Model United Nations Program

Overview

The GEOG 5756 Model United Nations Practicum, or better known as the CSUSB Model United Nations (CSUSB - MUN) Program is an interdisciplinary program that attracts students from a variety of academic disciplines who are interested in more than just tests and grades. It is for those who seek a challenge. In this class students learn about global affairs and the United Nations system. The MUN Program allows CSUSB students to gain a scholarly understanding of global affairs and gain hands-on experience with conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, collaboration, cooperation, and diplomatic etiquette. Students who participate in the MUN Program also serve as delegates on the CSUSB Model United Nations team. This team represents an assigned Member State at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference every year in New York City and various other international NMUN conferences (for example, NMUN-Canada, NMUN-Germany, and NMUN-Japan).

In this class, you are not a student. You are known as a "delegate" because your job is to learn how to delegate position, policies, and beliefs of an entire nation to the global community. 

Each year, CSUSB MUN delegates are assigned one or more Member States or international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to represent at a variety of NMUN conferences participated in nationally and globally. For ten or more weeks, CSUSB MUN delegates study every aspect of the given Member State and/or INGO they have been assigned to. This includes historical developments, cultures, languages, politics, economics and the overall position of that Member State in the international community and within the UN system. The students also prepare for representing the country and/or INGO in a specific UN committee and the topics before that committee. At the conference, which is usually a week to a week and half long (depending on the conference), the delegates will speak on the issues before their assigned committee, present their country’s/NGO’s positions, and then work with other delegates from other Member States and NGO’s to create solutions to the agenda topics at hand. The students’ performance is judged by the staff of the conference (experienced professionals in global affairs occupations).  Additionally, each university’s delegation is required to write a two-page summary (position paper) of their country’s/NGO’s position on the topics before each committee they are assigned to at the conference. 

CSUSB - MUN have been recognized numerous times for excellence in teaching students about global issues and raising global awareness amongst CSUSB students. These recognitions have come in the form of many Outstanding Delegation Awards at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conferences (both in the U.S. and overseas) for over 20 years. Additionally, the CSUSB MUN Program has won the Outstanding Delegation Award at regional MUN conferences – for example, the Northwest Model United Nations Conference in Seattle in 2014, and Riverside City College PACMUN 2022. Additionally, CSUSB MUN students have been recognized at these conferences for their individual achievements both in writing and leadership. 

The Success of the CSUSB - MUN

The CSUSB MUN Program participates in a variety of national and international MUN conferences every year. Most prominently, the CSUSB MUN Program has participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York City for over forty years.

The National Model United Nations (NMUN) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. The NMUN conferences are the largest conferences of their kind in the world with over 6000 students from 408 universities and colleges from around the globe participating, learning, and collaborating. California State University, San Bernardino Model United Nations is one of the oldest participants in the NMUN conferences and also one of the most successful participants. 

Over these years, the MUN team has represented a variety of countries including Malaysia, Uzbekistan, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iraq, the Philippines, Egypt, Israel, Germany, Morocco, the United States, Cameroon, Jamaica, and Mexico.  

The Success of CSUSB - MUN Students Continues After College

The success of CSUSB - MUN students persists after students leave CSUSB. Many alumni of the program have continued to excel in their chosen educational and career paths. Some of the alumni have attended, and are attending!, graduate programs in some of the best universities in the world. Many others have continued their excellence in law schools, medical schools, government, or private sector. These alumni have used their experience in the CSUSB MUN Program as a beginning to the future careers. Combined with other experiences gained and knowledge learned here at CSUSB, the students of our amazing community are making a huge difference in the world today. So, as children of yesteryear, students of today, and global citizens of the future, you are invited to participate.

Support for the CSUSB - MUN

The CSUSB - MUN Program is housed within the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. In this capacity, the department provides the administrative support for the program. 

Financial support for the program comes in three forms – funding through the Instructionally Related Programs (IRP) committee at CSUSB, funding from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and funds donated by both campus and local community members. The first two categories have generally been limited but various community leaders – such as Ms. Elaine Rosen, Esq. – have been generous in donating funds to support the program and student participation in the MUN conferences nationally and globally.  Students in the program are also required to raise monies through a variety of means to assist in covering the costs of traveling to and participating in the conferences.

To donate to CSUSB - MUN program please contact Sina.bastami@csusb.edu