Model United Nations at Breck

On January 22nd and 23rd, Breck students participated in the B&B Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. Students from Breck and Blake planned and participated in this year’s B&B MUN Conference. The communications department caught up with three Breck MUN student leaders to learn more about the club and to ask about their experiences so far this year.

Communications: Tell us about MUN at Breck.

Josh ’21: Breck’s MUN Club started four years ago when I was a freshman. In the beginning Breck students only went to one conference a year, Edina’s MUN Conference (EMUNC), and that first year there were only four of us. The MUN Club at Breck has grown every year since then. We now have 30 members who participate in MUN, and the club attends more established MUN conferences including NAIMUN, a Georgetown-run conference that is one of the biggest in the country, and SSUNS, a completely virtual conference run by McGill University. 

Communications: What skills do you feel that you have gained or improved on while being a part of Breck’s MUN Club?

Josh ’21: I have gained leadership skills and the confidence to get up in front of a group of strangers and defend my position. I have learned how to debate on the fly, how to adequately prepare for unknown situations, and how to navigate parliamentary procedure (I know an absurd amount about parliamentary procedure).

Leo ’22: Being a part of the Breck MUN Club has taught me the importance of composure in public speaking and how to be a better problem solver. I have also developed my leadership skills by taking on the responsibility of becoming a student co-leader.

Ayres ’22: I think that my public speaking skills have become much better! I used to get really nervous when I spoke and that would factor into the way I presented myself. However, after a couple of years of being a part of MUN at Breck, while I still get nervous, I feel much more confident and excited when I get to speak. Additionally, the program is a great way to meet students from all over the world, and I have become more comfortable talking and meeting with new people!

Communications: What has been a highlight of MUN this year?

Josh: While this may sound silly, the highlight of my MUN experience this year was causing an uprising in Ireland during the War of 1812 during a conference. While my person, the Attorney General of the United States at the time, William Pinkney, definitely wouldn’t have attempted such a feat, for me it was the culmination of my MUN experience. By making connections and alliances, writing effectively in order to convey what I want to accomplish, and defending my reasoning and strategy, I was able to change the course of the War of 1812 (in the scenario given at the conference, of course).

Leo: This year, a definite highlight was participating in one of my favorite MUN committees to date. My committee was tasked with choosing cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. I worked with people from different planning committees to collectively select the cities while we kept in mind all the strings attached throughout the process (economic, environmental, and more). Most MUN committees focus on events in the past, so it was an inspiring opportunity to focus on current and future events.

Ayres: This year MUN was an X-Block class, and we were able to get a lot more participants than we had in previous years across both cohorts. It was really exciting to see new people get involved in the group!

Communications: You just had a conference on Friday and Saturday. Tell us about it.

Josh: We had one session on Friday night, and then two sessions on Saturday for about six hours in total. There were four committees, two run by Breck and two run by Blake. Our two committees focused on the Coronavirus pandemic, set back in March 2020, and the League of Lezhë [a geopolitical scenario based in Albania circa 13th century].

An exciting moment during the conference happened while I was running the Crisis Committee. The delegates in my committee were very good at problem solving. The exciting moment for me was realizing that they had solved everything that I had wanted them to solve with an hour left in the conference. I had to continue to come up with new crises to make it to the end!

Leo: I was also co-running a Crisis Committee, and it was thrilling to see how delegates were able to handle all sorts of problems. Specifically, when two blocs in our committee were able to join together to pass one cohesive resolution paper; it’s enough to make any DAIS [a group of people leading a committee] shed a tear!

Ayres: The conference on Friday and Saturday was really exciting. I enjoyed seeing the resolutions that the different blocks in my committee came up with. Even though we started slow, we warmed up and had a lot of fun together!

This year, MUN was offered as part of our new X-Block class offerings in the fall semester. Even though their class is over, students can continue to participate in events throughout the year in a more student club-like experience. 

Bios:

  • Josh: 4 year MUN student, Student Leader 3 years, Representative from Blue Cohort
  • Leo: 3 year MUN student, Student Leader 1 year, Representative from Gold Cohort
  • Ayres: 3 year MUN student, Student Leader 2 years, Representative from Gold Cohort 

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