WUMUNC is a conference born out of one of those Sunday afternoon conversations on the way home from a long MUN weekend that every delegate is familiar with. Like each of those familiar chats, this one was a celebration of awards won, a rant about crisis plans foiled, and a retelling of late-night hijinks. But this conversation ended a bit differently than all the rest. The conference’s original organizers decided during that car ride that after nearly 10 years of travelling as a competitive team and 7 years of hosting a successful high school conference, it was time for Washington University in St. Louis to host its own collegiate conference. The first WUMUNC in 2014 proved that we could do it and in 2015 through 2017 we proved we could do it well.
Now, as we prepare to do it again and do it better this spring. Our main goal is that no one – no delegate, no adviser, no novice, no veteran – will spend the afternoon of Sunday, February 4th 2018 traveling home disappointed.
In order to accomplish that, WUMUNC 2018 is a conference that will Break the Rules. The tired old playbook of model UN places a premium on delegate compliance to burdensome parliamentary procedure (when was the last time a war was fought or a treaty negotiated with moderated caucuses?) and deference to the chair. Our staff is trained to design and run crisis committees that play out how delegates decide, not the directors. The best delegates at WUMUNC are not necessarily those who know all of the rules, but those who know what the rules don’t say. Your committee experience will push you, we promise – it is our expectation that you will push back.
We are also thrilled to welcome you to our city – St. Louis. Undeniably one of the nation’s hidden gems, St. Louis is a city ripe for exploration. A short 5 minute walk from the Washington University campus you will find the historic Delmar Loop, perfect for lunch breaks and late night snacks – and designated one of the 10 Great Streets in America for its food and energetic culture by the American Planning Association. St. Louis is also the home of the beautiful Forest Park and the vibrant Cherokee Street district, two entertaining diversions a short drive or Metro ride away from Washington University’s campus, not to mention the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, and the city’s outstanding live music scene. To be sure, there’s no shortage of things to do or good times to be had.
Above all, WUMUNC is a conference designed by delegates, for delegates. Our goal for each and every participant in WUMUNC 2018 is complete satisfaction with our committees, our city, and most importantly, our staff, who strive to create one of the most engaging model United Nations conferences on the circuit. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns or if you are interested in registering for WUMUNC. And may we be the first to welcome you be it for the first, second, or third time (but certainly not the last) to WUMUNC.
Secretary-General, WUMUNC 2018