Model United Nations introduces students to the fascinating world of international diplomacy! Composed of students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the Model UN program is an interesting, hands-on learning experience in which students learn about the work of the United Nations and think about real and complex global issues such as nuclear weapons proliferation, environmental sustainability, refugee protection, economic development, and global health. Students have the opportunity to research global problems and current crises while engaging in problem-solving activities in order to reach diplomatic resolutions.
Westminster students participate in two Model United Nations conferences each year: the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago, IL, and the Midwest Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis, MO.
These conferences bring together colleges from all over the country to participate in a multi-day United Nations simulation. Students serve as delegates from different countries and represent the interests of their country in conference committees. Our students have represented countries from all over the globe, including Brazil, France, Lebanon, and Uganda. These conferences give students a keen view into the world of international politics while helping them to develop their skills in research, debate, writing, public speaking, and negotiation that they can use in Model UN and beyond. Most importantly, it helps students to think critically about issues of international importance and develop into more engaged global citizens!
For information about the Model United Nations program at Westminster College, please contact:
Dr. Kali Wright-Smith
Director, Model United Nations Program
Assistant Professor of Political ScienceKali.Wright-Smith@westminster-mo.edu