Frequently Asked Questions
What is SUSMUN? SUSMUN stands for Southern United States Model United Nations. SUSMUN is an annual conference, held each November in Atlanta, GA. It is a 3 day/2 night conference that attracts over 500 students, primarily from the Southern United States. SUSMUN is run by an all-volunteer staff of college students from all over the country. SUSMUN is the partner conference to the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference, and the Regional High School Model United Nations (RHSMUN), which are all sponsored by the International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA).
What is Model United Nations? Model United Nations is an academic program designed to teach students about contemporary events in international politics. Students participating in MUN simulate committees in the United Nations by playing the role of delegates from countries all over the world. Students are provided with topics, developed by the SUSMUN staff, prior to the conference and debate and discuss them with other students in an attempt to write resolutions. The process is designed to exercise students’ ability to speak, write, research and think critically about the most pressing issues of the day.
Do you have any information that can help me start a Model United Nations program at my school? IMUNA has developed a “Classroom to Conference” program that is available online here. The information you will find here was designed to help teachers prepare their students to participate in a Model United Nations conference. It contains guidelines for how to teach students the rules of debate and how to do their research and preparation prior to the conference. Additionally, feel free to contact Secretary-General Kandasi Griffiths (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about creating your program.
How do I know if SUSMUN is the right conference for my school? There are numerous Model UN conferences across the United States and around the world. They vary in size, location, experience, cost, as well as multiple other factors. If your delegation is looking for an engaging experience that will challenge and enhance the capabilities of delegates from every skill level, then SUSMUN is the right conference for you.
When is SUSMUN 2013? The dates for the SUSMUN 2013 conference are November 1-3, 2013.
Where does SUSMUN take place? The conference takes place at the Hilton Atlanta at 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
When can I register for SUSMUN 2013? Registration will run from April 15 through October 1, 2013.
What do I receive upon registering for SUSMUN 2013? After successful registration, delegates receive access to individualized background guides for their committees. These guides provide extensive research on both topics the committees will be discussing, as well as discussion questions to guide the student in position paper writing, a letter from the committee director introducing him/herself, information about the SUSMUN conference itself, and a set of the rules of procedure. Faculty advisors also receive a faculty preparation guide suggesting how to help students prepare for the conference, tips for fundraising, and an outline of the faculty role at the SUSMUN conference, as well as other useful information.
Is there a limit to the number of students my school may bring? There is no limitation to the number of students any one school may bring. However, when registering for the conference, faculty advisors should select delegations from the country matrix that offer enough committees to suit the needs of their schools. Faculty advisors are permitted to request more than one country.
How much does it cost to come to SUSMUN? To attend SUSMUN, there is a $65 delegate fee. This is simply a per student fee that is charged for each participant at SUSMUN. Additionally, we charge a $75 school fee.
What does the money I pay to SUSMUN being used for? SUSMUN and our parent organization, IMUNA, are not-for-profit organizations. Our costs are meant only to offset the conference costs so that SUSMUN can continue to be a successful, high quality conference. The money earned from fees goes toward securing a conference location large enough to accommodate the conference, bring staff members into the area for the conference, and pay for the supplies and equipments it takes to manage the conference.