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Model UN

Housed in the Political Science Department, UWSP’s United Nations Student Organization (UNSO), which is also known as the Model United Nations (UN) Club, is an inclusive student organization with a purpose of promoting academic awareness of international affairs with emphasis on the functions and goals of the UN.

UNSO provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable research skills while attaining an awareness of international culture and foreign diplomacy. Members get to practice their networking and public speaking skills and put their research to use while surrounded by a professional environment.

UNSO strives to teach students about the United Nations and international issues and provides students with opportunities for learning, public speaking, and debate. UWSP UNSO has proudly participated in the National Model UN Conference (NMUN) in New York City for over 20 years. This conference provides students the opportunity to travel and put the skills they’ve learned from the club into practice. The club regularly receives awards for its performance at the conference. The club is open to all majors and a great chance to learn more about global issues and see New York City!

Every spring (usually in late April/early May), UNSO members elect executive officers for the upcoming academic year.  The exact time and location of the election will be communicated via e-mail to everyone who has completed the membership application form above.  (Membership applications for the upcoming academic year are accepted between February 15 and April 15.)

UNSO attended the NMUN Conference in April 2022 and received an Honorable Mention Delegation Award. Nine students were a part of this group and the club is excited to continue to grow in the coming years!

If you are interested, feel free to join the SPIN page or reach out to the President, Lexi, with any questions. We would love to answer any questions. 

The Political Science Department also offers a 3-credit Model United Nations course, officially known as Poli 387: International Simulation.  The course provides students with an opportunity to research a country’s background, government, and foreign policy, along with a selection of UN issues like security, the environment, or economic development. Students learn the basic rules by which UN diplomats operate, and then put the knowledge they have gained into effect by trying to craft agreements to solve real-world, real-time issues at the simulation.