From the start of opening ceremonies, students are immediately introduced to a 24/7, fully–integrated simulation. Delegates will be challenged to work across committees and find realistic, collaborative ways to confront the complex issues facing 21st century states.
CIMUN encourages delegates to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of both their positions, as well as the international system as a whole. The CIMUN philosophy is rooted in realism — awards are not given for passing empty resolutions or compromising national policy.
CIMUN is not affiliated with any university — we are a diverse and talented team of students, post-graduates, and professionals from around the world. Our conference staff draws from the worlds of academia, finance, politics, business, media, and additional fields to deliver a higher-caliber and authentic educational experience to our delegates.
Students are able to work together across committees as national delegations to support their nations’ policies.
Challenging, ever-developing scenarios and live updates keep delegates thinking on their feet.
Our diverse staff is draws post-graduates, young professionals, and students from over 50 top universities around the world.
CIMUN features innovative technology and conference media. Highlights include a real-time news ticker, a student-run news website, and a TV news station.
Our AAA Four Diamond hotel is just minutes from many of the city's top attractions. Use our CIMUN Travel Packages to help book your sightseeing!
CIMUN is the only major conference to feature a full opening night banquet, so no need to worry about dinner Thursday night.
Christine Hudak is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois, with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Since graduating she has started working as an Strategy Associate at Aon Inpoint in Chicago. She enjoys NPR, attempting to cook, making PowerPoint slides, and playing with tiny puppies. This is Christine's seventh year at CIMUN and her second as its Secretary General.
Hayley Drozd is a senior at the University of Illinois, studying advertising and political science. She is currently working as an intern for Boeing in Washington D.C. in the Government Operations office. Hayley has been doing CIMUN for six years, this will be her first year in the role of Chief of Staff. In her spare time Hayley enjoys drinking copious amounts of Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, competitively watching trains, and spending time in the pool with her inflatable swan, Perry.
Yahya is the Undersecretary General of Administration for CIMUN XIII, his second year in the role. He started his CIMUN career as a Cabinet Moderator at CIMUN VII and has subsequently served various directorate roles and is also a former Undersecretary General of Committees. His "day job" is in management consulting with a focus on the retail and life sciences sectors. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, brunch, and speaking to faculty advisers.
Sasha is the Deputy Undersecretary General of Administration for CIMUN XIII. Sasha is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin studying Marketing and Advertising. This is Sasha's first year in her current role and her third year at CIMUN.
Walker Fountain will be serving as the Undersecretary-General of Committees at CIMUN XIII. He is originally from Pelham, New York, and recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he led the Model UN program. He currently works in foreign affairs in New York City.
Mark has been doing CIMUN, and MUN in general, since his freshman year of High School. A four-time delegate, he is now entering his fifth year as a staffer. He has spent all five of his years in the Simulations department, culminating in being the USG of the department this year. Mark graduated from the University of Alabama with a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science. This fall, he will begin working on a Master's in Aerospace at Stanford University.
Rachel Heinz is a recent graduate from Creighton University. She is currently working in Omaha, NE as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Rachel has been on staff for six years and will be serving as the Deputy Undersecretary General of Simulations at CIMUN XIII.
Hank has volunteered with the CIMUN program for the past 7 years. Since starting, he has worked towards and been given the opportunity of being Head of Protocol for the past two years. He attended and graduated college at Prairie State in Homewood, IL where he studied Drafting Engineering. Upon graduation, he began work for S&L Engineering in Chicago, Illinois and is a current resident of Chicago.
Jessica is a journalist currently based in New York City. She writes about the intersection of public health, environmental policy, and international affairs. When she's not working multiple jobs, Jessica enjoys practicing yoga, attending concerts, and fostering her extreme coffee addiction. She has attended CIMUN as a delegate, and has previously served as USG of Media and Chief of Staff. This will be Jessica's ninth CIMUN.
Elliott has been attending CIMUN since 2008 and will be returning for a second year as the Undersecretary General of Operations. Over the last few years Elliott has made it his goal to revitilize the technological side of CIMUN, rebuilding many of the sites and tools to make day-to-day life at the conference easier. Elliott is currently working as a Software Engineer at CareerBuilder in Chicago. In his spare time he enjoys Robotics, Game of Thrones, and he may or may not be a monkey in a suit.
A white paper is an official statement of policy from a national government, similar to a national press release. It is intended to be a public statement, and will often include political rhetoric and posturing. A good white paper will attempt to "spin" your country's position on controversial topics to defray any criticism. Submitted white papers will be available for all other delegations to read online.
Length: White papers should be around one page, single spaced in length for each topic.View Example 1
A black paper is a confidential, internal document that discusses a country's strategic interests for a particular topic, which may differ significantly from what your government discusses openly. Whereas the white paper is a public statement, the black paper can be compared to a confidential policy memo for your diplomatic corps. A good black paper will demonstrate a sound understanding of your country's internal motives behind a policy decision. Black papers will only be viewed by the CIMUN staff, and will not be accessible by other delegates.
Example: Most countries will publicly condemn the global arms trade, but states that are major arms exporters may face economic harm if strong action is taken to curb it. In such a situation, the country's white paper may decry the arms trade and call upon the committee to keep arms out of conflict regions, but their black paper would state their true desire to block any firm action to prevent harm to their domestic arms industry.
Length: Black papers should be around 1-2 paragraphs (or half a page) in length for each topic.View Example 1
At CIMUN, we are proud to depart from the awards formula used by many other conferences. MUNDO programs stress realistic portrayal, political skill, and delegate presentation rather than solely resolution writing and passage, and our awards policy is designed to reflect this.
Committee awards consist of, in ascending order: Honorable Mention, Outstanding Delegate, and Best Delegate.
Dais staff will be monitoring the representational accuracy of delegates. This includes rhetoric in speeches and documents, as well as in caucusing and bloc formation.
The ability to relay the message of their country's policy in the correct terms, as well as the manipulation of dialogue to persuade other delegates toward their position.
The ability of a delegation to develop substantive documents (e.g. working papers, resolutions, amendments) with the proper structure, grammar, skill and context.
The ability to manipulate the rules of procedure and institutional legality to the advantage of your country and its policies.
The ability to work across committee lines to create political leverage, using the press as part of public policy, etc.
Awards are determined by the holistic combination of these five attributes. We feel these areas capture the best that Model UN represents. Member states large and small, involved and distant, all have advantages in different areas of these criteria. Our staff is trained to evenly apply this policy.
While those states involved directly in a topic may have an easier time articulating their policy, their policy tasks are much more difficult to achieve. For example, we do not expect North Korea to pass a resolution on nuclear weapons testing, as that would be impossible without many member states being out of character. By the same token, we do not expect strong rhetoric from Sweden—but rather an exceptional level of persuasiveness and demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
Once committee awards have been determined, first, second, and third place overall delegation awards are presented. Delegation awards are calculated by adding the point values of each country's individual committee awards, weighted by committee size, and dividing them by the number of positions represented.
Awards from Cabinet positions, or other positions that are not part of a "country delegation," will be added to the school's highest scoring country.
Since a single school may represent several different countries, these overall awards are presented by national delegation instead of by school in order to better meet the educational goals of the conference.
Priority Delegation fee due ($150)
Registered delegate & advisor counts due
Hotel Room submissions due
Regular Delegation fee due ($250)
All conference fees due
Last day to lower delegate counts
Hotel incidental forms due
Delegate permission slips due
Position papers due
Upon registration, a non-refundable Delegation Fee will be due in order to secure the country and special position assignments for your delegation.
The delegate and advisor fees are priced as a package, meaning they are inclusive of your 3-night stay at the Chicago Hilton, Opening Banquet dinner, and all conference materials.
Additionally, we take care of all bookings with the hotel, so that you and your students can focus on preparing for the conference.
1: The discounted Lottery Delegation Fee is due on May 1st in order to secure all positions selected at the lottery. Failure to submit payment for the deposit by that date will result in any countries or positions selected at the lottery being returned to the pool of countries eligible for newly registered schools or returning non-lottery schools
The Hilton Chicago is one of the premier hotels in the city, and has had the honor of hosting every President of the United States since its opening in 1927. It also has the largest amount of conference and meeting space of any Chicago hotel. The Hilton is centrally located across from Grant Park and guest rooms feature views of the Park, Museum Campus, and Lake Michigan. The Hilton is within walking distance of a variety of restaurants and several Chicago landmarks, including the theater district, the Art Institute, and Millennium Park.
All hotel reservations will be handled by CIMUN. We have secured a reduced rate with the Hilton, and all hotel costs are included in the delegate and advisor fees. After registering, you will be able to submit hotel rooming information through our online system. For more information about costs, please see Fees and Payment.
Questions about hotel reservations may be directed to our Undersecretary-General of Administration, at usga@CIMUN.org.
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CIMUN staff members do not come from one particular university. Instead, CIMUN draws a diverse and talented collection of students, post-graduates and young professionals from around the world, selected through a highly-competitive application process. CIMUN staff members range from students at some of the nation's top universities, to professionals in fields such as law, finance, journalism, consulting, international security, and technology.
CIMUN also offers one of the lowest staff-to-delegate ratios of any conference in the world, with one staff member for every eight delegates. This allows us to focus more time and manpower on what matters most: challenging committees and a dynamic simulation. Our staff is truly our most valuable asset, and we are always looking for enthusiastic, bright individuals to join our team.
If you are interested in joining the CIMUN staff, please fill out a staff application. Any questions about staffing or the application process may be directed to our Chief of Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.