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Travel     BarMUN     BosMUN     The IR Review     Civic Teachers     BeanMUN     Global Programs


 
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Travel team

Model United Nations is an international program in which students simulate various regional and international committees and discuss highly controversial topics. Each delegate is assigned a country or individual to represent the viewpoints of via written documents and speeches. Delegates have the opportunity to travel across the nation and across the world to meet other young people of diverse backgrounds and form lifelong friendships and connections, share ideas, and be inspired.

BUIAA’s Model United Nations Travel Team is recognized by Best Delegate as one of the best in the country. We attend 5 to 6 conferences a year (namely: NSCS, UPMUNC, McMUN, HNMUN, and ChoMUN). This year, we hope to be able to be able to bring BUIAA to the West Coast by competing at UCBMUN.

The team meets weekly to improve individuals’ skills as delegates, and also hosts frequent simulations on weekends to help delegates gain more experience before competing at the conferences. No prior Model UN experience is required to join the team.

The team is looking forward to a highly successful year. If you have any questions, please email travel@buiaa.org.

Travel Team Awards


BarMUN

The Boston Area Model United Nations Conference (BarMUN) is the collegiate conference hosted each October by Boston University’s International Affairs Association. BarMUN represents a standard of excellence and creativity unparalleled; the multi-disciplined, fast-paced, and interactive simulation truly sets it apart from the prototypical conference. BarMUN places an emphasis on non-governmental actors in order to consider a world influenced by visible and shadow actors. Delegates are challenged to respond and react to the decisions and actions their peers make throughout the conference.

Please visit www.barmun.org for more information and email outreach@barmun.org with any questions. If you are interested in staffing the conference please fill out the staff app located here!

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Bosmun

The Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference, or BosMUN, is Boston University’s Model UN conference for high school delegates. It generally takes place in early February, and encompasses a variety of General Assembly, ECOSOC, Specialized, and Crisis committees – a taste of everything in MUN. We are currently looking forward to BosMUN XVI, which already has over 1,500 delegates registered from 90 schools, including 6 international ones. Some of the Secretariat’s favorite committees include Future UNSC 2030; the Ministry of Magic: The Wizarding World Exposed; the UN Special Session on Refugees; and the introduction of BosMUN’s first ever Ad HOC Committee of the Secretary General!


International relations review

The International Relations Review is BU’s premiere academic journal and focuses on current international affairs. It is written and published exclusively by Boston University’s undergraduate students and features content that is far-reaching for an academic journal, ranging from academic reports on specific issues to op-ed works on current affairs of states. The IRR aims to unite the many voices within Boston University’s International Relations community to heighten awareness about pressing issues at the forefront of the international community, while giving undergraduate students the opportunity to be professionally published at an early age.

The IRR began in mid-2009, when the International Affairs Association of Boston University resolved to create an academic journal revolving around Boston University’s vast department of international relations. Its first issue had 12 pages, and included four student articles, six photos, an editorial piece and an editor’s note; and the journal has come a long way since then. Today, the IRR has two annual editions, printed in the fall and spring. The Spring 2015 issue was the largest print edition thus far, encompassing briefings, essays, photos, and opinion pieces in 64 quality pages.

Click here for more information about the IR Review and the submission process.


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Civic teachers

For those who are interested in using the skills and knowledge they gain from BUIAA and their coursework to make a difference in their community, Civic Teachers serves as a link between Boston University and high schools nearby. All it takes to inspire a student and change their life forever can be one lesson, and Civic Teachers recognizes that. Whether it be about global poverty or gender equality, the 2016 United States election or the Israel-Palestine conflict, Civic Teachers engages high schoolers with weekly lessons in order to educate them about the world around them, and inspire them to pursue careers and lifestyles as changemakers, themselves. Most of our members begin with little to no previous teaching experience and work together as a team to create and teach lesson plans and create the most impactful experience possible for our students.

As the community service branch of BUIAA, our goal is not only to inform high school students of current issues in international relations, but also to encourage students to examine how global events and trends impact their lives. We teach regular lessons in local high schools on a variety of topics which have included globalization, the Arab Spring, economics, public health, and fundamentals of the UN. Topics change based on the needs of the classroom and our teachers’ particular interests and expertise.

We as creators of better “Civic Teachers” not only foster the growth and development of our students, but also create a platform for BU students to mature and develop important skills such as public speaking, communication, and community involvement. Our lessons go beyond the fundamental material taught in high school classes, allowing our students to develop their own perspectives on international issues.

Please reach out to civicteachers@buiaa.org if you have any further questions, or want to get involved.


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beanmun

BeanMUN is a sub-conference held within the umbrella of the WeMUN Expo, an exposition of seven of the world’s most prestigious conferences all represented in one. This unique conference takes place each year in the heart of Beijing, China, and is attended by over 2,000 students who gather at the Yanqi Lake International Convention & Exhibition Center, to debate global issues, learn about other cultures, and have the time of their lives interacting with like-minded young people from all over the world. A Secretary-General and three directors are chosen from the BUIAA group each year after a rigorous application and interview process, and have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to China and bring three General Assembly or Specialized committees to life.


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BUIAA’s Global Programs encompasses our annual event Global Village, internationally themed events, and Global Insights, our weekly discussion forum.

Global Village is our annual exposition of cultural organizations held as a part of BUIAA’s Alumni Weekend. Last year we had the Francophone Association, BU’s Pakistani Students, and Alanza Latina, as well as several other student organizations. By far one of BUIAA’s favorite events, it has always been a great success and has been enjoyed by the BU community, BUIAA members, and BUIAA alumni alike.

Similarly, in the upcoming year BUIAA will be striving to host more internationally themed events. Our last Global Village is remembered for its delicious cuisine, from Turkish to Brazilian to Mexican, and beautiful performances, from salsa to hip hop.

The IAA is always open to co-hosting events with other clubs and organizations; if you are interested in forming a partnership, please contact vp@buiaa.org. We will be posting a schedule of all events here in the near future. All events are open not only to BUIAA members, but to the Boston University community as a whole.

Last but certainly not least, is Global Insights, our weekly discussion forum. Global Insights addresses controversial topics and provides a respectful, engaging, and welcoming setting for discussion. Topics in the past have included Je Suis Charlie, the death penalty, and the most recent Scottish Referendum. Global Insights represents the core of BUIAA’s values: bringing together students from all backgrounds and beliefs each week to share ideas, learn from one another, and inspire each other to be global citizens with the ability to have an impact on the world around them.

If you have any questions about any of our Global Programs or would like more information about them, please reach out to us at iaa@bu.edu.