2014 MMUN Team member outside UN Headquarters in New York with their Distinguished Delegation Award.
The Montana Model UN (MMUN) Travelling Team travels to national and international conferences to compete with other collegiate Model UN teams. In recent years, the Team has attended conferences at Harvard University and in Chicago, Berkeley, New York, and Lille, France.
Team members are chosen from the fall-semester Political Science course that plans and staffs the Montana Model UN High School Conference.
In Spring 2014, a 12-person team represented Fiji at the week-long collegiate National Model UN (NMUN) conference in New York, NY.
Team members spent five days representing their countries on UN committees such as the General Assembly and Security Council. In addition, they met students from all over the world, visited Fiji's diplomatic mission to the UN, attended talks by international scholars and policy makers, and visited UN headquarters.
For the overall excellence of their work, the 2014 MMUN Team was named a Distinguished Delegation (top 25% of the 193 countries represented at the conference).
In 2012, in recognition of the Team's accomplishments and of the regional diversity the UM Team brings to National Model UN conferences, the Montana Model UN Team received a $1,000 scholarship from National Model UN.
Because MMUN Team members serve as chairs and other staff members at UM's Montana Model UN High School Conference, they are often selected to serve as NMUN committee and conference staff. In 2013, former MMUN Secretaries-General Robert Cahill (B.S., Business Administration, 2012) and Stephen Carnes (B.A. Political Science, 2012) served as assistant directors of UNDP and the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, respectively. In 2012, Thecla Backhouse-Prentiss (B.A. Political Science, 2011) was the Assistant Director of the NMUN-NY Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. Since 2010, Jennifer Hathaway Spalding (M.A. Political Science, 2006) has served on the NMUN Advisory Committee.
The Montana Model UN Team looks forward to attending future National Model UN conferences in New York. The conference is the largest collegiate UN conference in the world, drawing more than 5,000 students from 250 schools and five continents. The Team also hopes to participate in international conferences and to partner with international delegations.
For information on the National Model UN conference, go to http://nmun.org/