• About Us

    The Hamline University National Model UN team is chosen in the fall through a rigorous process, including a written application and formal interview. Application materials are made available in the fall on our website, outside Professor DeVriese's door (GLC 148S), and at Model UN information sessions in September and October.  Depending on budgets, the team consists of ten to twelve students each year.

    During a Model United Nations conference, students will simulate the workings of principle organs of the UN. Students represent ambassadors of various countries and debate in committee a host of global issues currently before the UN. Such issues might include; disarmament, protection of the environment, concern for human rights, elimination of poverty and hunger, addressing the HIV/AIDs pandemic, disaster relief, or elimination of terrorism. Prior to conferences, students engage in extensive research on their country's history, culture, economics, and politics as well as its position within the UN. Students write position papers, resolutions, and amendments. They learn to caucus, to use parliamentary procedure, and to speak comfortably in a group and before an audience. In the process of preparing for and participating in Model UN simulations, students learn to integrate information across diverse disciplines such as global studies, economics, geography, politics, history, gender studies, environmental studies, sociology, and more. They develop research, oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.

    Model UN General Calendar

    Hamline’s Model UN Program involves numerous events and activities throughout the year. A general calendar and list of activities are presented below: 

    • September and October – Model United Nations Information Sessions – Learn about Model UN and how to apply.  Watch for announcements and emails on time and location.

    • October  Model UN Sponsored Faculty Panel Discussion on International Topic or Global Region.  All members of the campus community are welcome to attend, including Model UN, Political Science, and Global Studies alumni.

    • Early-November – Applications Due.

    • Late November - Team Interviews and Selection.

    • The student officers of Model UN, along with Professor DeVriese, interview and choose Hamline’s national Model UN team.

    • November – Announcement of National Model UN Team and Country.

    • Usually by early November, we find out from the National Model UN Conference Staff what our country assignment will be for the year.  We also complete interviews and make final selections for the Hamline University Model UN Team.

    • December – Team Pizza Lunch and First Team Research Session.

    • February – All Model UN Team members take a 4 credit Model UN Class

    • February – Practice Session with Augsburg University and Macalester College. Hamline Model UN participates in a Practice Model UN simulation with other local college teams.

    •  March/April – Model Arab League simulation in class in preparation for National Model UN Conference in New York.
    • April – Hamline's Model UN team attends the National Model UN Conference in New York.