Welcome from the Secretary General
To The American University Student Body, Stakeholders and Members of the International Relations Society, Staff, Delegates, and Faculty Advisors of AmeriMUNC & WIRC —
My name is Zach Stahl and I’m honored to be the Secretary General of AmeriMUNC VI. As a statistics minor, I think it’s particularly ironic for me to admit that me becoming Secretary General has defied a lot of odds. As an incoming freshman, I’d never done Model UN in my life. As a freshman, I only got involved in the conference when I was asked to help hand out pizza. And once I was a staff member, I only become a member of Secretariat because of my amateur graphic design abilities. But here I am. And I’m here because I love this conference, my friends who staff it, and the delegates and advisors who make AmeriMUNC a reality.
And that’s what I love about this conference. We host AmeriMUNC because we love Model UN. American University is home to the largest school of international service in the world; our faculty includes trailblazers such as Ambassadors Susan Rice and Cecilia Nahon; our conference last year had so many staff applicants that we had to turn away students. To say that International Relations runs through the blood of American University students would be an understatement.
So as I gather my secretariat and as we begin the process of creating the sixth session of our flagship conference I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who makes this conference happen.
Because without you, AmeriMUNC couldn’t exist.
So to the AmeriMUNC Staff: Get ready for a wild ride this year. Make a choice to get more involved. Being on the Secretariat has been one of the highlights of my time at American, and I will cherish the moments I’ve spent with Nuha, Sam, Sophia, Karley, Lucky, Julia, and Bontempo for the rest of my life. But most importantly, stay involved. I don’t do AmeriMUNC because I particularly enjoy editing background guides at 1am on Thanksgiving morning (though let’s be honest…), I do it because I love all of you. We have so much left to accomplish, and I can’t wait to see where this new journey takes us.
To the Delegates of AmeriMUNC: Your Model UN career didn’t end at AmeriMUNC V. For our alumni who are now in college, this is your time to give back to the circuit. For our alumni who are still in high school, I can’t wait to see you at AmeriMUNC VI this February!
To the Faculty Advisors of AmeriMUNC: I hope to see you at AmeriMUNC VI. But more importantly, I hope you reach out to the Secretariat this year if you have questions, comments, or concerns. I’ll be the first to admit that AmeriMUNC hasn’t always gotten everything right. If you feel that your conference experience wasn’t up to par, reach out to me so I can personally make it right.
So to everyone who makes this conference happen —
Thank you for your support in the coming year. I can’t wait for AmeriMUNC VI.
Secretary General, AmeriMUNC VI
The American University Model United Nations Conference (AmeriMUNC) is a three-day Model United Nations conference hosted by American University for high school students in Washington, DC. AmeriMUNC will take place on February 1-3, 2019.
The AmeriMUNC Promise. AmeriMUNC gives delegates one promise: no crisis committee will have more than 20 delegates, and no GA will have more than 40 delegations. AmeriMUNC believes that a Model United Nations conference shouldn't be about having to shout-out other students. And with a committee of a hundred or so students, that simply can't happen. Instead, we cap our committees' sizes to facilitate better dialogue, stronger diplomacy, and more chair-to-delegate communication.
Fundamentally, we believe that AmeriMUNC is a learning experience. We place a heavy emphasis on feedback so that delegates can leave AmeriMUNC knowing what they can do to improve. Besides presenting standard Model UN awards, AmeriMUNC also gives post-conference written feedback from chairs and vice chairs to every delegate who attends our conference. We also present the AmeriMUNC Diplomacy Award to one delegate in each committee who exemplifies the attitude of an individual who prioritizes learning, mutual understanding, and respect over winning at all costs.
AmeriMUNC is hosted on American University's campus in Washington, D.C. Instead of spending registration fees on windowless ballrooms rooms in the basement of a hotel, we splurge on simulation props, smaller and more crisis oriented committees, a delegate dance, complimentary conference meals, and a number of other small details that make AmeriMUNC unique. By hosting our conference on campus, we're also able to negotiate hotel block room rates that are almost $100/night cheaper than other D.C. conferences. In an age of extracurricular funding cuts, this is our attempt to offer a more affordable option to other Model UN Conferences in Washington, D.C.
At AmeriMUNC, by making committees smaller than the typical classroom, the American University Model United Nations Conference works relentlessly to construct an authentic forum for international relations between delegates, staff, and faculty advisors.
International Relations Society
The American University International Relations Society (AMIRS) is American University's premier international relations organization. Run fully by students, the organization provides a space for academic discussion and debate, brings in speakers, holds events, and is the umbrella organization which presides over the American University Model United Nations Team, the Washington International Relations Conference (WIRC), and AmeriMUNC.