1. What if I've never done Model UN before?
MinneMUN is a conference focused on bringing the Model UN experience to as many people as possible. We provide our delegates with all the information they need to be successful, including a short training session on Parliamentary Procedure before the MinneMUN Opening Ceremonies on Friday night. You will also have a "cheat sheet" on ParliPro in your background guide, and if you're still unsure about something, any of the staff, especially your chair and vice chair, are more than happy to explain what's going on and what to do next.
2. What is the MinneMUN Dinner?
The MinneMUN Dinner is another name for the conference Opening Ceremonies. The MinneMUN staff will introduce themselves and all of the committees and a guest speaker will give a fascinating presentation to get everyone in the conference mindset. Not to mention that catered dinner is free for all conference participants. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the people in your committee and the staff members so the committee session can get started right away Saturday morning. This year we will also be hosting a "How to MUN" session before the Opening Ceremonies officially begin as a Parliamentary Procedure crash course for anyone who hasn't done MUN before. Even if you've done MUN before, our "How to MUN" session will tell you exactly what to expect in committee Saturday morning.
3. What is the cost of attending?
MinneMUN is currently a COMPLETELY FREE event, both for students of the University of Minnesota and students from other universities, thanks to our grant from the U of M. As this conference grows and matures, we hope to make it more like other national conferences by charging conference fees to support the costs of a growing event, but for now, the entire event is completely free to attend!
4. I'm so busy with classes and homework, what kind of time commitment will this be?
We understand that students are always very busy in the spring semester, so there is very little time commitment required to participate in this event. At the very minimum, we expect participants to attend the full MinneMUN Conference on April 1st, which begins at 9:00AM and ends at 5:00PM. We also strongly encourage all participants to attend the MinneMUN Opening Ceremonies on Friday, March 31st from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. Beyond that, there is no other required time commitment! If you would like to come to UNSA meetings on Tuesday evenings you are more than welcome, and we will possibly host an additional "How to MUN" session the weekend before the conference if there is interest. And as long as you thoroughly read your background guide before you arrive on Saturday morning, you shouldn't have any issue participating in MinneMUN and getting all your assignments done.
5. How much preparation do I need to do before the conference?
Unlike many national Model UN conferences, we do not ask our delegates to write and submit position papers or do extensive background research before arriving at MinneMUN on Saturday morning. Much of the information you need will be available within your background guide, and additional resources will be provided for you to research more if you wish. In many cases, there will also be supplemental materials provided when you arrive in your first committee session. As long as you fully read your background guide before arriving, you should be well on your way to success at MinneMUN.
6. Do I have to be a part of the club?
Not at all! We hope that this experience inspires you to learn more about the international community and participate in UNSA, but this event is open to everyone at the University of Minnesota, regardless of previous or future level of involvement in the club.
7. What do I wear?
Good question! The dress code at MinneMUN is formal business attire, which means slacks, ties, collared shirts, and sweaters or blazers for gentlemen, and dresses, skirts, or slacks with a blouse and sweater or blazer for ladies. If you would prefer to defy traditional gender roles, simply use these suggestions as a guideline and dress however you feel most comfortable. If you have any questions about your attire please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you.