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Model United Nations

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One of the most prolific student activities on high school and college campuses, Model United Nations is a simulation of the General Assembly of the United Nations, where students take on the role of international ambassadors and discuss concerns, debate policy, and try to resolve global issues and crises through diplomacy that are currently on the UN agenda.

Preparing for a Model UN conference, student delegates will engage in research on the docket issues, as well as to gain in-depth knowledge of their respective, assigned country. This research is essential, as it enables delegates to gain an understanding of human rights, economic, political, security, and other issues that impact decision making, alliance-building, and negotiation during session. 

Participating in a regional, national, or international Model UN conference, student delegates may prepare position papers, deliver speeches, participate in floor debate, build coalitions, and use other diplomatic tactics and strategies, in order to achieve a cooperative resolution.

Model UN Conferences

Annually, the SHP Model UN Team participates in the Stanford University Model UN Conference (SMUNC) in fall, and Berkeley Model UN Conference (BMUN) in spring.

Stanford undergraduates studying International Relations act as UN Secretary General and other high-ranking UN Ambassadors coordinate the diplomacy simulations for high school delegates coming from across the U.S. to Stanford. For the fall Stanford conference, SHP has previously teamed up with students from Duschene Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, to form the Omaha-Atherton Sacred Heart Model UN Team. Approximately 20 students from each Sacred Heart school participated.

Making history in 1952 as the world's first UN simulation, the Berkeley Model United Nations conference is a student-run organization on the UC Berkeley campus. Each spring, more than 1,500 high school students from all over the globe journey to Berkeley for the three-day conference. SHP fields a team of 20 students each year.

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

150 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
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Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12