School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Model United Nations Program

Model U.N.: A tradition of excellence

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What We Are

For over 40 years, Wright State University’s delegates have earned top awards at the National Model United Nations Conferencea winning streak unmatched by any other university.

The Wright State University Model United Nations program is more than a club, and more than a class. It is a team built on hard work, camaraderie, and a shared commitment to excellence.  

The Model United Nations program at Wright State is built around a three-credit-hour spring semester course in Political Science. PLS 4860/6860 emphasizes skills of teamwork, problem-solving, diplomacy, public speaking, technical writing, and researching. Team members are chosen on the basis of a written application and an oral interview (due to COVID-19, there will be no interviews in fall 2021). Model U.N. is open to students in good academic standing from all majors and colleges. No previous experience is required. Your success as a team member is based on the improvement of your writing skills, speaking abilities, attendance, and ability to portray another country's policy in a simulation.


What We Do

WSU Model UN Team 2018The seminar is used to prepare students for the Dayton Model UN Conference (DAYMUNC) held at Sinclair Community College in February, and the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) held in New York City. 

Universities from around the world are each assigned a country to represent at the conference dealing with various topics and issues. During the class, students develop research techniques and master the skills of public speaking, negotiation, and technical writing that are essential to diplomacy. 

Each year the NMUN conference has grown in size and international participation. More than 5,200 students from more than 400 colleges and universities from nearly 30 countries around the world have taken part in recent NMUN conferences.

The Model U.N. experience is a unique academic experience at Wright State. Model UN promotes self-confidence, public speaking, writing, researching, and diplomatic skills, all of which are vital qualities for any future career.

To learn more read Model UN: 'A tradition of excellence' in the Wright State Newsroom. 


Meet the Team

Faculty Advisors

Vaughn Shannon, Ph.D.

Department:
School Public and Intern'l Affairs
Title:
Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 314, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Liam Anderson, Ph.D.

Department:
School Public and Intern'l Affairs
Title:
Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 339, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Head Delegate


Join the Team

New member recruitment is now open through October 15! Apply for Model UN online.

Accepted members will be notified so they can register for spring classes under PLS 4860 (undergraduates) or PLS 6860 (graduate students).

 


Contact Information

Model United Nations
c/o Wright State University
School of Public and International Affairs
325 Millett Hall
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
937-775-2942

Brad Kerry, Head Delegate

Vaughn Shannon, Ph.D. and Liam Anderson, Ph.D., Faculty Advisors

Model U.N. on Social Media


Alumni Association

Welcome to Alumni Notes. All alumni of Wright State University Model United Nations Program can view or submit alumni notes at any time. You may submit your own class note by e-mailing your name, MUN class year, and any relevant information about your life and career, including marriages, births announcements, and accomplishments, along with associated pictures. For more information, please see our official Model UN Alumni Facebook page.

"The Wright State Model UN experience was the best experiences of my time at WSU. The critical-thinking, research and public speaking skills I acquired have helped me succeed in my career. I continue to serve as a member and board member of the Model UN Alumni Association because the experience continues to pay dividends for my professional development. I'd also encourage other former members to get involved with the work of the Association."  

William "Bill" P. Murphy, EDFP
Assistant City Manager, City of Piqua
Executive Director, Grow Piqua Now
wpmurphy@yahoo.com


Give to Model U.N.

Due to the rising costs of participating in the five-day conference in New York City, the program has recently had to reduce the number of students who can participate. Your gift to the MUN Program Fund will help increase the endowment and will enable more students to participate each year. Please consider impacting MUN students' lives and make your gift to the Wright State Model United Nations Program today.

Testimonials

"There is no other place to work in the world like the daily environment that exists working in Washington, D.C. The research, negotiation, and presentation skills we learned as members of the Wright State University Model United Nations team prepared us both to build successful careers in Washington in the corporate, political, and government jobs we've held over the years. So that this tradition of excellence in developing our next leaders may continue, please consider a gift to the Wright State University Model United Nations Program Fund."

Eric M. Leckey and Christopher A. Royse
Co-Chairs, Wright State Model United Nations Program Fund

“Over the years, Wright State’s MUN program has built a winning tradition. The challenges and rewards of teamwork, learning to compromise and negotiate, and awareness of the numerous issues of the 21st century are among the many important skills MUN students carry into their future careers."

Donna Schlagheck

Annual Giving Societies

  • $1,500 Model United Nations Delegate
  • $5,000 Model United Nations Ambassador
  • $10,000 Model United Nations Honorable Delegate
  • $25,000* Model United Nations Distinguished Delegate
  • $100,000* Model United Nations Outstanding Delegate

*If you are interested in making a gift of $25,000 or more, please contact Colleen Lampton-Brill, University Advancement at 937-775-4921.


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News

Apr 14, 2014
Wright State's Model UN team wins top honors at the National Model United Nations Conference for the 35th consecutive year.
Jan 15, 2014
Visits to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and the Changdeokgung Palace as well as winning multiple international honors highlighted a trip to South Korea by Wright State’s Model UN team.
Dec 17, 2013
On Stefan Pugh’s office door is a plaque that reads “Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research,” a declaration not only of this professor’s remarkable accomplishments...
Sep 6, 2013
Eric and Molly Leckey are two of nearly 6,000 Wright State alumni who are married to another Wright State graduate. For the Leckeys, their romance blossomed out of a friendship that was formed on Wright State’s Model United Nations team. …
Apr 9, 2013
Wright State University’s Model UN team was named Outstanding Delegation for 34th consecutive year at the National Model United Nations Conference.
Jan 7, 2013
Two Wright State University students will soon represent one of the largest constituencies in Ohio: more than 300,000 college students.
Apr 17, 2012
For the 33nd year in a row, Wright State University’s Model United Nations team achieved the highest recognition possible at the national conference in New York City.
Apr 27, 2011
On the second day of the national Model United Nations conference, students on the Wright State team had an experience they will carry with them...
Apr 25, 2011
For the 32nd year in a row, the Wright State University Model United Nations team achieved the highest recognition possible...

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