The Model United Nations at the Community College of Aurora (CCA) is an exciting, large-scale immersive learning simulation focused on international engagement, community outreach, and an interdisciplinary student curriculum. The program is, in part, a modification of the NMUN program where participants take on the role of a national delegation and then simulate that role through a UN body.
Over the past four years, CCA has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on significant thematic issues before the UN in the given year. Themes included: the treatment of prisoners, the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, economic health and development, and humanitarian intervention in Syria.
The structure of the program reflects the changing realities of education as we move from a model of instructors as controllers and deliverers of information to one in which faculty become facilitators of student learning, guiding students into forming their own conclusions and building their own knowledge base.
When students immerse themselves into their delegations it is up to them to critically engage the issue, to consider how or even if that issue is relevant to their national context, and to develop a realistic strategy for international engagement through diplomacy.
CCA Model United Nations Team Wins Honorable Mention Delegation in 2019
The Community College of Aurora National Model United Nations team received Honorable Mention Delegation honors on March 28 in New York City at the National Model United Nations Conference. Find out more about the NMUN experience from the video below
National MUN Conference
Each spring, CCA sends approximately 18 students to New York City for the National Model United Nations Conference. Students participate with over 5,000 delegates from across the world, each one representing a member-state or non-governmental organization affiliated with the actual United Nations. This week-long conference allows the students to work as a single delegation representing countries like the Republic of Korea and Ethiopia (our past country assignments) to address real-world problems, practice diplomacy, and work with global leaders. This once in a lifetime event also allows the students to embrace the rich culture and heritage of New York as we go to Broadway musicals, museums, see the Statue of Liberty, and enjoy some of the best attractions New York has to offer.
2019 National MUN Conference Delegates
Congratulations to the 2019 delegates who represented the North Macedonia and Poland at the New York National MUN Conference in March 2019. Below you will find each of the students as well the committees they are assigned and the topics they will cover.
Austin Greene—Head Delegate
Christina Sachi Nakata– United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)
Jaylem Durousseau and Colin Wong – General Assembly First Committee (GA1)
Local MUN Conference - To participate in this event, students need to be enrolled in an on-campus CCA Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, World Geography, or Ethnic Studies class in the fall semester.
National MUN - The opportunity to join the highly competitive team is open to anyone who participates in the local Model United Nations in the fall (or has participated in a previous year), who is in good academic standing, and is enrolled at CCA in the upcoming spring semester. To apply, visit the MUN application website. The deadline to apply for the upcoming Spring 2020 National MUN in New York is 11/1/2019.
For any questions on how to get involved, contact Dr. Bobby Pace, the Social Sciences Chair, at Bobby.Pace@CCAurora.edu.
2015 Honorable Mention Delegation at National Competition
2015 2nd place Film Competition (courtesy of Ryan Elam)
2015 Outstanding Position Paper, General Assembly 2 at National Competition
2016 Honorable Mention Delegation at National Competition
2016 1st place Film Competition (courtesy of Ryan Elam)
2017 Honorable Mention Delegation at National Competition
2017 1st place Film Competition (courtesy of Ryan Elam)
2018 Distinguished Delegation
2019 Honorable Mention Delegation
The CCA Model UN team poses with its honorable mention award at National model United Nations in spring 2016
CCA Model United Nations team members met with Oh Joon, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Korea in New York in spring 2016