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Model United Nations Team

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences sponsors the NSU Model United Nations Team: the Nova International Relations Association (NIRA). NIRA accepts student members from any undergraduate major at NSU.

Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the world’s only international organization dedicated to international peace, security, and development. At simulations, Model UN student participants act as delegates, representing different member nations in confronting global issues concerning war and peace, poverty and development, and social and political problems. Students are judged on their ability to stay “in character” and to use diplomacy and compromise to fashion solutions to problems.


Student participation includes

  • enrolling in POLS 2400 – Model United Nations (offered each Fall, Monday from 6-8 PM).
  • research
  • writing position papers on the country students will represent at conferences
  • working with other members to raise awareness of global issues
  • attending bi-weekly meetings (except during conferences)

Participation enhances students’

  • critical thinking
  • effective communication
  • public speaking skills

How to Get Involved in NIRA

NIRA membership is open to all NSU undergraduate students interested in understanding global issues and willing to work to raise awareness of the role diplomacy can play in solving pressing global issues. To become a member, students must take POLS 2400 – Model United Nations, offered every fall semester. For more details, contact the NIRA President or faculty advisor (contact information listed below).

NIRA Executive Committee 2018-19

President: Celina Mahabir | 
Vice-President: Joshua Hallinger |
Faculty Adviser: G. Nelson Bass III, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor |

Student Testimonials

“By the end of conference in Charlotte (2013), we had members giving speeches, drafting resolutions, and networking with other students. Not only did we learn a lot about procedure and our country (Iraq), we will be able to put everything we learned to good use in future conferences and in our academic and professional careers.”

—Linea Cutter, political science and history double-major

“The Model UN experience is one that offers benefits at every turn. It gives anyone the chance to learn something new about the world we live in, to practice speech and debate skills, and puts you in the same location with hundreds of people who share common interests and hobbies. It offers to its participants a unique and special blend of social networking and competition-based academic learning that simply can’t be found in many other programs.”

—Andrew Jones, political science major

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