History of ASFMUN
Model United Nations is firmly intertwined with ASF’s values, goals, and academic foundations: as a school that holds “justice, understanding, and truth” as its core principles, what better way to achieve all three than MUN? We firmly believe that MUN is one of the best ways students can develop research, oratory, and critical thinking skills, and have always worked hard to help our students develop these qualities.
MUN involvement at ASF starts from Middle School. A Model UN elective is open to eighth graders each year, where a group of twenty-four select students learns the basics of MUN: from position papers, to opening speeches, to writing resolutions, to understanding the functions and procedures of the real UN. Throughout the year, this group develops a mastery of the “MUN toolkit.”
Students have a chance to apply said toolkit throughout the year, both in local conferences and on the international stage. In the past, the eighth grade class has traveled to New York for the Global Classrooms International/Lebanese American University Model (where they got to step foot inside the General Assembly for the closing ceremony) and to Boston. ASF’s MUN eighth graders have gained international recognition as a result of their outstanding performance as delegates, winning multiple best delegate and honorable mention awards.
Starting in 2017, the eighth grade MUN class has also organized and executed ASFMUN Jr., a middle school-level inter-scholar conference where the eighth graders get to apply their MUN skillset on the other side of the podium for the first time.
The eighth grade MUN class is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the structure of MUN, develop its related skills, and foster a love for it that will follow them to their high school career.
Additionally, there is also a MS MUN Club available for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders who did not join the class, but are still interested in MUN. This club sometimes gets to participate in the class’s international trips and to do workshops and sessions with them.
The “big brother” of the eighth grade group, the Upper School MUN Class is composed of twenty-four seniors who also dedicate one of their eight classes to learning about MUN (particularly on the side of chairing) and organizing large-scale conferences. One of ASF’s longest-standing traditions, the MUN Class incorporates the elements of an academic setting with the challenges of a diplomatic organization, awarding students academic credit for developing a Model UN skillset.
US MUN Class students also travel to one international conference, which has traditionally been New York’s NHSMUN in the past. Though the class largely focuses on logistics and chairing, this provides class members with an opportunity to develop their delegational skills.
But the MUN Class’s main focus is building and executing the annual ASF US MUN Conference, where each class member heads a committee. The objective of this conference was to engage high school in two thrilling days of debate, where students got to step outside their traditional classroom dynamics and engage with pressing global issues in a more active role. This conference was one of ASF’s longest-standing and most iconic traditions— all thanks to the generations of seniors that worked hard to make it possible.
The US MUN Club emerged in the fall of 2016, created by alumni of the eighth grade MUN Class. The club gradually strengthened throughout 2017, steadily becoming one of ASF’s highest-achieving and most popular clubs.
The MUN Club consists of students from all grades of high school, coming together to learn more about MUN and travel to conferences as representatives of ASF. The Club is recognized as one of the best clubs within the Mexico City MUN circuit, sweeping the awards year after year.
Earlier this year, the MUN Club expanded internationally. A delegation of almost 20 students attended the University of British Columbia’s model, elevating their competition level beyond high school. Even among college students, the Club managed to excel: Club members took home three awards, including Outstanding Delegation, Honorable Mention, and Best Position Paper. In 2020, the Club —along with the class— will be traveling to NAIMUN, at the University of Georgetown.
In October of 2018, the Club had the initiative to organize ASF’s first inter-scholar conference in decades, with 100+ students from 5+ schools filling four distinct committees that Club members chaired, researched, and decided on. This unprecedented conference was a major success: visiting schools left with a resolve to come back next year. The conference also helped to broaden the Club’s horizons: past simply delegating, members now knew what it was like to be on a dias and on a logistics team, making for a comprehensive MUN experience.
2019 marks the first year that the Class and the Club will join forces to bring ASF’s first-ever international conference to life.
Composed of 18 students, our leadership team has combined the Club’s initiative with the Class’s logistic capacities to open the doors of an immersive, student-run conference to students from all over the world. This is the first year that the Leadership Team will undertake such an endeavor, but certainly not the last for years to come.
Now, better than ever, ASF’s MUN team reflects our school’s aims and principles by integrating students from all cultural backgrounds into a forum for dialogue, cooperation, and friendship. After all, ASF’s motto is to “educate global citizens for a changing world,” and the MUN team is firmly convinced that the best way to do this is to draw global connections by bringing international students together.