Welcome to NAU Model United Nations

UCLA 2015

Northern Arizona University Model United Nations is an elite academic club designed to promote an interest in and an understanding of the inner-workings of the United Nations. With a membership of over fifty students, NAU Model UN has excelled in academic conferences at UC Santa Barbara, UC Los Angeles, and World MUN in Brussels, Belgium.  Together this student run organization trains in the field of debate, research, and resolution writing in order to become competitive in these conferences and win awards in their respective committees. NAU Model UN has consistently won awards at these conferences and delegates received sixteen awards during the 2014-2015 school year. 

This year, NAU's Model UN club will be competing at several conferences such as University of Southern California's Trojan MUN, Northwestern MUN in Seattle, McGill University's McMUN in Montreal, and Harvard University's World MUN in Rome, Italy!

According to Best Delegate, a Model UN resource website, NAU has one of the top fifty competitive MUN teams in the country and we are poised for another great year.. Collectively through representation of different countries, fierce debate, and participation in national and international conferences, NAU Model UN has helped train future generations for careers in International Relations as well as promoted a necessary new voice in the global conversation. Though our focus is international issues, Model United Nations is open to all students of all majors.

UCLAMun awards
From left to right: John Murphy, Connor Mullins, Scott Brownell, Claire Bergstresser, LaShae Brown, Victoria Ziegler, and Sage Knapp

A group of 30 students competed at UCLA's model United Nations conference. Hosted in the shadows of Universal Studies, NAU's team left with an outstanding delegation award. Additionally, 5 individual awards were given out to our team: Connor Mullins (honorable mention,) Victoria Ziegler and LaShae Brown  (Best Resolution award,) Claire Bergstresser and Sage Knapp  (Outstanding Delegate award,) John Murphy (Outstanding Delegate award) and lastly Scott Brownell took home the gavel, receiving the Best Delegate award.

Model UN
From left to right: John Bower, McKenzie McLoughlin, Caitlyn Ratliff, Gretchen Gee (Faculty Advisor,) John Murphy, Matt Dotzler, Liam Berwick, Josh Demakovsky, and Will Wolf

A team of 8 NAU students competed for the first time at the National MUN conference in New York City.  Representing the state of Tonga, the team was awarded the honor of Distinguished Delegation!  The closing ceremonies were held at the UN, and the team was honored to represent NAU at such an important international location. 

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The team was made up of (from left to right): John Bower, Will Wolf, McKenzie McLoughlin, Josh Demakovsky John Murphy, Matt Dotzler, Gretchen Gee (faculty advisor), Caitlyn Ratliff, and Liam Bewick
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The World MUN Team (from left to right): Erin Hodges, Emily Ross, Cheyenne Franklin, Claire Bergstresser (seated), Jasmine Jewell, Connor Mullins, and Landon Richards.

NAU senior (and Gold Axe winner) Claire Bergstresser won the Outstanding Diplomacy Award at the World Model United Nations conference in Seoul, South Korea. This marks the second year in a row that a NAU student has won the highest award at this international competition.

Claire led a team of 7 NAU students to the conference from March 16-20, 2015, where they spent the week representing the state of South Korea on a committee discussing numerous international issues.