How can I join?
Students can join at the beginning of every trimester during clubs signup. Freshmen can only join from the middle of first trimester after the Clubs Assembly. Sign up on the online registration site when announcements are made that it is open.
I don't have any Model UN experience. Can I still excel in the club?
Many current outstanding club members have never had any Model UN experience prior to beginning the club. Once joining the club and attending a few conferences, students pick up Model UN skills rapidly. In addition, through participation and listening in on seminars given in the club, students can gain the skills they need to excel at Model UN. Don't forget, you can always look up helpful information on Model UN specifics through the Resources page.
How much do Model UN conferences typically cost?
Model UN conferences costs vary from event to event, however they typically range from $200-$400 for overnights and $20 - $60 for single day ones Keep in mind food is not included in the cost for overnights. At day conferences food is always included.
I can't pay for Model UN conferences. What should I do?
BCA Model UN club already subsidizes conference costs through bake sales and other fundraisers. Individual fundraising is, however, definitely available to students. Many students have sold food items like Choco-Pies with the help of BCA Model UN club, and advisors are always willing to help coordinate individual bake sales. BCA Model UN club works extremely hard to ensure all students have the opportunity to experience Model UN conferences.
How does the Model UN awards system work?
During Model UN conferences, delegates that showcase skills of diplomacy, leadership, and global understanding are rewarded with recognition. By participating in Model UN, you’re able to debate to win many different awards. Verbal Commendations are occasionally given to the delegates who made a consistent effort to participate in committee. Honorable Delegate is awarded to those who show great effort and promise in committee. Outstanding Delegate is given to the delegate who effectively communicated with the rest of the committee and contributed progressive ideas. Best Delegate, along with a personalized gavel, is the award presented to the delegate who clearly had the greatest influence over the room and propelled committee forward into reaching a resolution. Each committee's chairs decide on which delegates receive what awards.
How much is the BCA Model UN club workload?
Please remember that leaders of the club are BCA students as well and we understand the average workload that BCA students receive on a daily basis from their required classes alone. The BCA Model UN club does not have any required homework, however students are highly encouraged to research their country's policy and the topic of debate on nights before a Model UN simulation is to occur during the club. Otherwise, students are just recommended to go to conferences, participate actively during the club, and make a genuine effort to learn all about Model UN.
I have no prior Model UN experience. Can I still go on an overnight conference?
If there are spots open, yes. However, the MUN team here at BCA would strongly encourage you to gain experience at one-day conferences or in club simulations before participating in a major overnight conference. We suggest this because overnight conferences are exceedingly difficult to excel in. For example, should you decide to be a delegate in a General Assembly, your committee room will be likely to contain over a hundred other delegates, most of whom will have had years of MUN experience. While experience is the only way to improve, we believe that in order to yield a positive first overnight MUN experience and cultivate your MUN career, practice is necessary before going to an overnight conference. You will get this practice by actively participating in the club's simulations and discussions, as well as attending one day conferences. To be frank, everybody's first overnight conference is scary; every delegate's first overnight conference is a whirlwind of commotion and new experiences. In order to mitigate that inevitable initial fear during the first few sessions of overnight conference committee, the BCA club cabinet believes that you should work your way up to an overnight conference by starting with club simulations and one day conferences. As a team and a club, we only want to see you do your best. Once you gain more MUN experience, you will not only be ready to experience an overnight conference, but to succeed in one.
Do I have to write a Position Paper for my overnight conference?
If you want an award, yes. You cannot get an award at any conference if you do not write a Position Paper. Yes they can be a pain some times if you have a smaller country, but the research required for a position paper is vital. You can use this information in committee. Check the Resources page to find information on how to write the best position paper you can.