United Nations Student Organization

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.

National Model United Nations Conference

The National Model United Nations (NMUN) is the world's largest Model United Nations simulation.  NMUN holds three annual conferences where more than 6,600 students from approximately 130 countries simulate the United Nations’ proceedings.      

Thanks to generous support from the College of Letters and Science, members of the UNSO represent UWSP at the NMUN Conference in New York City every spring.  Here is what the General Assembly of the NMUN Conference looks like: 

Why join UWSP's Model UN Club?

UWSP's UNSO members and the organization's faculty advisor, Dr. Jennifer Collins, discuss the value of the Model UN and share their NMUN experience in this video lecture.

If you would like to join UWSP's Model UN Club, please visit the organization's website.  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.)

Model UN Team (2017)
Model UN Team (2017)

Model UN Team (2017)

Poli 387: International Simulation (a.k.a. Model United Nations)

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.

Here is a short video clip from Poli 387 in Spring 2017:

Model UN Simulation in Poli 387 (Spring 2017):


For more information about UWSP's United Nations Student Organization, please see the organization's website and/or contact Dr. Jennifer Collins.