Letter from the Secretary-General

Sumaia Masoom
Secretary General

Since NUMUN I in the spring of 2004, Northwestern University Model United Nations has continued an impressive tradition of Model UN at Northwestern that was started as early as 1947. As we kick off our 14th iteration, we are proud to host delegates from across the country and around the world.

The NUMUN experience is one unlike any other in the world. Hosted on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, at Northwestern’s Evanston campus, both Model UN novices and veterans alike can shine. NUMUN provides an unparalleled opportunity to work both in small, cabinet style committees, as well as larger forums that mirror global organizations. We offer traditional, specialized, crisis-oriented, historical, and non-UN committees, with topics that allow delegates to engage deeply with the real world issues developing in real time. Each year, our staff of dozens of talented Northwestern students work diligently to thoroughly research and prepare materials for debate and crisis, resulting in a wonderful educational opportunity for everyone involved.

Norris University Center on the shores of Lake Michigan plays host to our conference each year. Norris provides a number of dining options, and allows delegates to experience the feel of a world-class research university. Delegates and advisors stay in hotels in downtown Evanston, where they can take advantage of the bustling urban center with a diverse array of dining options. NUMUN provides buses between Norris and the hotels each day, although many groups take advantage of the short 5-15 minute walk from their hotel to the conference in the crisp Chicago spring. Delegates enjoy the experience of visiting a college town, and campus tours of Northwestern are offered to delegates.

Once you decide to register, our talented Secretariat members will provide as seamless an experience as possible, from providing lodging arrangements to coordinating country assignments. Our small size means that you can expect rapid personal communication from both me and Michael Guo, our Director of Registration, to meet all of your needs.

Conference opens on Thursday evening and runs until the awards ceremony on Sunday, leaving Thursday morning and Sunday afternoon for free travel. Northwestern is accessible by two public transit trains (Metra-Davis stop and CTA-Davis stop), and is just 20-40 minutes away from O’Hare airport, Megabus Station Chicago, and Amtrak Chicago.

Whether you are a delegate, high school adviser, or interested college student, we cannot wait to show you what NUMUN has to offer. Take a look around our website, and contact us if there is anything we can do to help. Feel free to email me with any questions that you might have, I would be more than happy to talk about what we do here at NUMUN.


Sumaia Masoom
Secretary General, NUMUN XV
President, NUMUN



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