During the 2011 Fall Semester, the nationally award-winning Irvine Valley College Model United Nations team performed outstandingly during the MUN-University of California, Riverside, Orange County MUN and the National Model United Nations - Washington DC.
The Riverside and Orange County conferences were only the precursor to the intense, three-day National Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. where Irvine Valley College represented Paraguay and Iceland. The sixteen delegates and two advisors arrived in the city after weeks of arduous preparation, particularly in regards to writing position papers, research on the topics discussed at the conference, and session simulations. This groundwork paved the way to competing with major universities in the United States and around the world.
- Both of IVC's nations won Honorable Mention Team Awards. There were only two other colleges that accomplished the same feat. •
- Iceland won one of only four position paper awards, awarded for excellence in both research and writing, finishing ahead of various prestigious full time universities;
- Overall, IVC was one of only four colleges to win three Team Awards, competing in a pool of 64 other colleges and universities.
Since concluding this semester's conference , the team has been actively preparing for the National Model United Nations conference in New York City. Additionally, the team organized a very successful Public Policy Forum to raise funds for their future undertakings as well as raise awareness of global issues and educate faculty and students alike in new approaches to international relations. The Policy Forum included presentations from Nathan Ho, Christine Miller, Faizah Barlas, Rylie Potter, and Stephanie Nguyen. The presentations covered Global Climate Change, The Double Standard of International Involvement Regarding Human Rights Violations with a Focus on the Arab Spring, Economic Regulation and Global Markets, and the Deficiencies within the United Nations, their organizations, and committees that are meant to solve these problems.
The Model United Nations team would like to extend its gratitude to ASIVC, faculty and administrators who have provided support throughout the year.