Letter from the Secretary General
Dear Sponsors, Delegates, and Friends,
It is a true honor and pleasure to welcome you to the thirty-ninth annual iteration of Virginia Model United Nations, a conference which offers students the chance to learn more about the world and themselves. This year, VAMUN will take place from November 15th- November 17th at the historic University of Virginia. Centered around the landmark Rotunda, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and beautiful Grounds which have inspired some of the brightest minds in history, I am confident that the University and Charlottesville will serve as a stunning backdrop for VAMUN.
Model United Nations itself can be a transformative activity as it affords delegates the opportunity to explore foreign affairs and debate in an immersive, interactive setting. Here at VAMUN, that opportunity is particularly unique because our staff members give delegates both the chance to problem-solve and impact their own committees’ directions, and a supportive and respectful environment in which they can do so. For the past thirty-six years, VAMUN has strived to build a rigorous, academic conference environment, and this year is no exception.
From larger General Assemblies to smaller Crisis Committees to midsize Specialized Agencies, VAMUN prides itself on its diversity of issues, geographic regions, and timelines. This year, we will have 23 committees. The Wilson Global Systems Simulation, an exciting interconnected group of several committees exploring various angles of one conflict, will also be entering its seventh year with VAMUN XXXIX. In addition, we are proud to continue our tradition of two Jefferson Committees on Diplomacy (Ad-Hoc) - one Crisis and one Specialized - so that delegates in both styles can enjoy a heightened level of sophistication in committee. Similarly, VAMUN is also pleased to continue with two novice committees - one Crisis and one General Assembly - so that delegates can feel at home in committee whether this is their first VAMUN or their fourth.
Outside of committee, delegates are offered tours through our historic Grounds, admissions information sessions, professor talks on current topics, an exciting Delegate Dance, and great food on the famous U.Va. corner. We are also excited to bring you a variety of online training modules for delegates this year, which will be introduced over the summer so that every student has ample time to prepare for the conference, while secretariat prepares the conference for the students. Every Secretariat member, Chair, Crisis Director, and Staff member is entirely committed to ensuring that VAMUN is a worthwhile and fulfilling experience for all involved – please do not hesitate to let us know how we can serve you to this end.
On behalf of the International Relations Organization and the hundreds of U.Va. students building this conference, we are incredibly excited to welcome you to an unforgettable weekend. Please check this website, our Instagram page, and our Facebook page, Virginia Model United Nations, for conference updates, or feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting you!
VAMUN XXXIX, Secretary General