Welcome to NAU Model United Nations

According to Best Delegate, a Model UN resource website, NAU has one of the top seventy-five 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 political, international, and public centered careers and has promoted new voices in the global conversation. Though the team is heavily influenced by political and international affairs, Model United Nations is open to students of all majors, interests, and skill sets.

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 numerous academic conferences hosted by universities such as USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, McGrill University, and Harvard.  Together this student run organization trains in the fields 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 all of these conferences. 

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, University of California in Berkeley, and University of California in Los Angeles!


This April, the NAU Model UN team competed at UCLA's LAMUN conference. The variety of committees ranged from Monsanto's Board of Directors to Henry the XIII's Council of Advisors to the classic 1st General Assembly of the United Nations. The NAU team performed well, especially Connor Mullins, Cezanne Rahner, and Paul Sturmer receiving honorable mentions and McKenzie McLoughlin brought home the Best Delegate gavel. Congratulations to our team!

UCLA Award Winners
From left to right: Paul Sturmer, Connor Mullins, McKenzie McLoughlin and Cezzane Rahner

This January, 8 of our delegates returned home from an international conference in Montreal, hosted by McGill University. Two of our delegates, Emma Schraner and McKenzie McLoughlin brought home the Book Award, competing against delegates from Princeton, Yale, Georgetown and many other schools. 


Pictured from left to right: John Murphy, Caitlyn Ratliff,Emma Schraner, Josh Demakovsky, Dr. Gretchen Gee, Will Wolf, McKenzie McLoughlin, Austin Rock, and Scott Brownell

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.