Hi all - my name is Sloane Gordon and Model United Nations has definitively changed my life. I started in high school, and it set me on a path towards becoming a more confident person, engaging with other nations and cultures, and caring deeply about the status of global issues.
These qualities were things I wanted to carry into college, and so after my first International Relations class my freshman year I asked my professor how I could get involved with Model United Nations at the University of Utah. He told me I couldn't because we didn't have a club or team, but linked me up with another student who had expressed a similar interest as me. Together, we started MUN at the University of Utah, a club dedicated to bringing international relations and policy discourse to students at the U, and subsequently bringing those students to MUN conferences.
Our first year, we brought six students to the Berkeley MUN conference in San Francisco, with a lot of success and fun along the way. Our school's student government was able to give us an allowance to fund most of every student's expenses. Now in our second year, interest and membership has grown substantially and we are currently slated to bring a total of fourteen eager students to the ChoMUN conference in Chicago, Illinois, on April 18-21. This is our largest conference and group ever, and managing the logistics is much more difficult. We have a big group of dedicated, passionate students, but the U of U student government gave us less money than last year, and we need much more given the larger group we are traveling with.
Many of these students will struggle to make the conference expenses (around $600 per student) work without external funds.
Here is where we ask you to help. Any amount would be greatly appreciated, and would aid me in my goal of making MUN at the University of Utah a legitimate travel team with the resources to bring anyone with interest in public policy or international relations to a MUN conference that hopefully could change their life, just as it did for me.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, inquiries, or additional fundraising ideas.
Fundraising team: University of Utah Model United Nations (2)