Model UN


Diplomatic Recognition: Katie Jones, Press Corps, Boston Globe


The college-level Model UN system is a simulation of the United Nations, first held at Harvard in 1955. The Ithaca College Model UN team team was created in 1983. Prof. Marty Brownstein, Politics, advised and cultivated the team until his retirement. The Politics Department sponsors the team, and faculty advisor Juan Arroyo works with students to prepare for these conferences.

IC Model UN delegates hope to attend four conferences this year: The Cornell International Affairs Conference (Nov 1-4, 2018), the University of Pennsylvania Model UN Conference (UPMUNC) (Nov. 8-11, 2018), McGill Model United Nations (Jan. 24-27, 2019) and the Harvard National Model UN Conference (February 14-17, 2019)

Each participating college is assigned a UN member state or role to represent at the MUN. The delegates may participate in simulations of the large General Assembly committees, but also many smaller committees. Before the conferences, the team meets twice a week and sometimes on weekends. The delegates share information on our assigned member state, they practice writing and presenting position papers, writing draft resolutions, and simulate committee meetings and voting.

The conference committees can address many kinds of issues: UN reform, maritime piracy, birth control, education, deforestation, responses to internal conflict, and much more. Our delegates do their own research to become familiar with the topics. More importantly, they have to learn how our assigned member state is affected by that issue, and the position of that government in response.

To prepare for conferences, students take advantage of library and on-line resources, but we also benefit from conversations with Ithaca College faculty, or other specialists or natives to provide some background on our assigned state. We have enjoyed presentations from two Belgians, a Bosnian family, an IC faculty member who visited Bhutan, and Cornell specialists on Thailand, the Middle East, and Peru. We have also used Skype to hear directly from the EU delegation in NYC and the Spanish mission to the UN.

At the conference itself, our students have to convince the delegates from other nations to support a resolution that is consistent with our state's positions, or block those that do not serve our interests. The debate is held in committee, moderated by the chairs. The process also includes un-moderated caucuses, during which smaller groups of delegates meet, bargain, argue, cajole and compromise (maybe) in order to get a satisfactory resolution.

Ithaca College students have been recognized for their performance at MUN conferences. A short list is available in the sidebar to the right.

Finally, we also try to immerse ourselves a little bit in the culture of our country, by watching movies or through food! One semester a guest treated us to genuine homemade Belgian waffles, and we have also enjoyed Bosnian börek, Peruvian ceviche, Mexican enchiladas, Spanish churros, Thai pad thai, and more.

The MUN process is all about simulation and role-playing, but the learning, team-building and resulting friendships are very real.

by Juan M. Arroyo

Anna Isachenko (Int'l Business, '14) casts Peru's vote at the Harvard MUN conference, February, 2014.

* "Global Citizens: Model UN" article on IC's Model UN team in IC View, 2009



Best delegate: Katie Jones, Trump's Constitutional Convention

Outstanding delegate: Ryan Ingerson, Lord of the Rings

Honorable Mention: Graeson Michaud, Italian Wars of the 15th century


Katie Jones, Best delegate (Trump's Constitutional Convention)

Ryan Ingerson, Outstanding delegate (Lord of the Rings)

Graeson Michaud, Honorable Mention (Italian Wars of the 15th century)


Carly Cote, Diplomatic Recognition (Non-Governmental Organizations, International Federation for Human Rights)


Liam Masterson, Honorable Mention (Collapse of Communism, Vladimir Kryuschkov)

Jason Greenberg, Outstanding Delegate (EU Council)

Ferwa Shakeel, Best Delegate (EU Council, Spain)

Yena Seo, Outstanding Delegate (South China Sea, Japan)

Hannah Robison, Best Delegate (Global Warming)

Bailey Steinhauer, Outstanding Delegate (Global Warming)

Conor Friend, Outstanding Delegate (Star Wars, Obi Wan Kenobi)

Best Delegation: Ithaca College

Five College Model UN, Mount Holyoke, March 2017

Best Overall Delegation: Ithaca College

1. Best Delegate: Yena Seo - Francois Hollande/Vladimir Putin, Geneva Convention
2. Best Delegate: Liam Masterson - Dr. Alberto Ulloa, UNSCOP
3. Best Delegate, Katie Jones, Bill De Blasio, Dem. National Committee
4. Best Delegate, Mark Lam, Gaia, Mount Olympus Summit
5. Outstanding Delegate, Kaleb Cabisca, Nikita Khruschev/Leonid Brezhnev, Cuban Missile Crisis
6. Outstanding Delegate, Carl Jamieson, Princess Taiping, Da Ming Palace
7. Hon Mention, Graeson Michaud, Ben Van Bueren, CEO Royal Dutch Shell, Futuristic Arctic Council
8. Hon Mention, Marcell Fischler, Pres. Dante Wallace, The Remarkable 100

HNMUN, Harvard, Feb, 2017

Best Delegate, Katie Jones, Press Corps, The Straits Times

CIAC VII, Cornell, Nov. 2016

Outstanding Delegation, Ithaca College

1. Best Delegate, Cat Proulx, Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences

2. Best Delegate, Graeson Michaud, Drug Enforcement Agency, Triple Crisis

3. Honorable Mention, Carly Cote, Cali Cartel, Triple Crisis

4. Honorable Mention, Katie Jones, Medellin Cartel, Triple Crisis

5. Honorable Mention, Hannah Robison

Five Colleges Model UN (Mount Holyoke), March 2016.

Outstanding Delegation Award - Ithaca College

1) Best Delegate - Gossip Girl (Chuck Bass) - Yena Seo

2) Best Delegate - Convention to Solve the South Asian Crisis of 1971 (Henry Kissinger) - Jack Janson

3) Outstanding Delegate - "Hamilton" (William Howe, Samuel Seabury, and Hercules Mulligan) - Graeson Michaud

4) Outstanding Delegate - Warsaw Uprising of 1944 (General Karol Ziemski)- Conor Friend

5) Verbal Commendation - Operation: Mockingjay (Minister of Propaganda) - Katie Jones