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Dartmouth Model United Nations in Montreal

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Dartmouth Model United Nations poses for a picture together in Montreal at the Conference. 

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Members of Dartmouth Model UN during this year's conference in Montreal. 

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One member of the Dartmouth Model UN delegation prepares for the Conference.

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In the last week of January, Dartmouth Model United Nations travelled to Montreal to attend McMUN (McGill University’s Model U.N. Conference.) The Dartmouth delegation was composed of sixteen undergraduate students, and included ‘23s, ‘22s and ‘20s. This was Dartmouth’s second year participating in McMUN, and the team experienced lots of student interest in attending. After holding tryouts in fall term, the Dartmouth delegation met regularly to craft position papers and strengthen their Model U.N. skills.

It was surprisingly balmy weather for the duration of the team’s stay in Montreal. After arriving on Thursday, January 23rd, the delegates delved into intense committee sessions from Thursday night until Sunday morning. Dartmouth delegates were involved in a wide range of committees: all the way from representing Russia in a Korean disarmament committee to playing the role of a Journalist in a South American crisis war committee. It was a wonderful weekend of meeting like-minded individuals from all over the continent, and the professionality of the whole conference was inspiring.

Despite the busyness of committee sessions during the day, the Dartmouth delegation shared three group meals together at the end of each long day. It was a nice way to recuperate and come together as a school.

Overall, McMUN was a formative experience that allowed the Dartmouth team to practice their negotiating skills and to grow as debaters and policy-makers. Travelling as a delegation helped facilitate inter-class friendships and helped grow a sense of community within the Dartmouth Model United Nations organization.

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