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 has been to nine total CIMUNs as either as a staffer or a delegate, this will be her fourth year as Secretary-General. She graduated from the University of Illinois, with a degree in Industrial Engineering and currently works as a Strategy Associate at Aon Inpoint in Chicago. She enjoys playing with her dog Cosmo, travelling, and obsessively decorating her day planner.
Breanna has been involved in CIMUN for the past eight years and this is her second year as USG of Administration. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in political science and minors in Russian and global studies. She recently began her job in the law department of the Boeing Company in Chicago. She hopes to attend law school in the future. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends in the city going to concerts, cheering on the Cubs or Blackhawks, and watching anything on Netflix.
Walker has been participating in Model UN since 2008, and has staffed over 20 conferences, including serving as the Secretary-General of the University of Texas’ Model UN program. He has been a member of CIMUN staff for seven years, two years as the Under-Secretary General of Committees, and is returning as the Chief of Staff. Walker currently works as a copywriter for an advertising agency in Chicago, and previously worked for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In his free time, he likes to edit the rules of procedure, debate foreign policy, watch University of Texas football and Yankees baseball, and discuss Game of Thrones fan theories.
Elliott has been involved with CIMUN for the last eleven years, during which time he has been responsible for building the conference’s many websites. He currently works as a Software Engineer for a Mortgage Startup in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys watching Game of Thrones, playing with tiny fluffy puppies, and lists of exactly three items. He also may or may not be a monkey in a suit.
Danny has been staffing CIMUN for the last 3 years, and has loved every second of it. He previously served as the chair of ECOSOC, and the Director of Administration. He attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and studies Political Science with a Journalism minor. He is an Evans Scholar at the University, and is the Vice President of New Scholars. Danny is an avid watcher of basically any TV show you can think of, and has watched The Office at least 6 times.
Lauren has been staffing CIMUN for four years and was the Director of Merchandise for CIMUN XIII conference and was the Deputy USG of Operations for CIMUN XIV. She is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Chemistry and Criminal Law and Justice. She is the President of their Model UN team, prior to that she was the Public Relations Chair for the club. Lauren enjoys having Kesha dance parties and live snapchatting her life.
Paul has been at CIMUN for 8 years, with 4 years as a delegate and now 4 years as a staffer. Paul was previously the DMSA of Patrols for CIMUN XIV. Paul is a senior at the University of Illinois-Chicago, majoring in Urban Planning and minoring in Political Science. Paul was previously the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Model United Nations at Illinois-Chicago team, and remains an active member. Paul enjoys playing video games, eating at portillos, and is obsessed with Chicago sports.
Jessica has been involved with CIMUN for the past decade and has helped develop the conference’s innovative Media Department. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and international studies from Ithaca College, where she fostered her passion for exploring the intersection of politics, public health, and environmental policy. After working for publications in Chicago and New York City, she moved to Portland, Maine, to write for Common Dreams. Jessica is a dedicated yogi who loves strong coffee, long books, live music, and adventures abroad.
Harris has been staffing CIMUN for the past 6 years. He has previously served as Director of Historical SImulations as well as other positions in the department. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with degrees in Public Administration and History. In college he also participated in his University MUN program. He is currently employed at the office of Senator Cory Booker as a Fellow. Even though his career is in politics he hates wearing ties. When Harris is not working on CIMUN, he is either working on a political campaign, watching West Wing, or rooting for the New York Mets.
William has been staffing CIMUN for the past 3 years, and has participated in Model United Nations for the past 7. He previously served as a Political Officer in the General Assembly and as the Director of Home Government. Outside of Model United Nations, William is a Junior at the University of Alabama where he is double majoring in Accounting and Finance. In his spare time William enjoys watching College Football, running, and reading a good book. William looks forward to seeing everyone in November and as always, says “Roll Tide”!
Michael has been Staffing the CIMUN Conference for the last 7 years, where he has served in almost every department. Michael graduated in 2016 with a degree in Economics, Political Science and a minor in Math. Having served in the European Parliament as a staff member and ran the campaign for now Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum he has since become a software developer for a trucking company in Kansas City. Michael showed his dedication one CIMUN years ago when he had an appendicitis during the conference and showed up the very next day to knuckle down and work(The staff wisely told him to get some rest instead).
Rachel has been staffing CIMUN for the last 5 years and has held several different positions within the Media Department and now runs the CIMUN social media accounts. She is a recent grad from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication. After graduating, she moved to Chicago and now works as a new business associate at Geometry Global. In her free time, you can find Rachel in the nearest coffee shop or modern art museum (and unnecessarily taking too many photos for her Instagram at either).
Gordon Young has been staffing CIMUN for three years and this is his first on the SC. Gordon is currently a Junior at the University of Illinois studying Political Science and Informatics. He started his Model UN career his Freshman year of high school and attended CIMUN three times. Outside of the Model UN world Gordon is a Staff Development Program Director at Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Wisconsin. He is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan and am an above average lifeguard.
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 ($200)
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.
The Discounted Lottery Delegation Fee applies to any school that participated in the CIMUN XIV Lottery
In order to secure all selected positions the dicounted fee of $100 will be due by May 1st, 2018
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
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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.