Empowerment and Education

"Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.” - Barbara Jordan

Each year, HMUN selects a conference theme to highlight the focus of the year. The conference theme for HMUN 2018 is Empowerment & Education. At the core of this year’s theme, HMUN commits to its mission of educating and empowering the future leaders of the world.

A Letter from the Director-General

Dear delegates and faculty advisors,

This is the sixty-fifth session of Harvard Model United Nations, the biggest high school conference, unparalleled in its outreach and impact. We have more than 3,300 delegates from all over the world and more than 230 staff members from varied experiences and varied understandings for what HMUN should be for them and for others. To unite everyone under one collective vision, each year the Secretariat of HMUN selects a theme for the conference to encapsulate what the conference represents more generally, but also to outline the specific vision and goals of current leadership.

The theme informs not only the selection of the charity we partner with, or the quest for our keynote speaker. The theme is at the heart of each one of the committees we host at HMUN, penetrating debate, resolutions and lessons. This year, we are hoping to further increase the prevalence of the theme at conference, and to further substantiate it for both delegates and staff alike.

The conference theme for HMUN 2018 is Empowerment & Education.

HMUN fosters a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, while providing delegates with opportunities to engage in diplomacy, negotiation, public speaking and writing. In this regard, as in the breadth and depth of our vision and mission, HMUN strives to create an unparalleled educational experience, while also inspiring delegates and staff to stand up for themselves and those around them. While an inherent part of our conference every year, Empowerment and Education are particularly important not only for the expansion of dialogue in committee, but also for the re-centering of our goals and values to align with what matters most, which is the impact we have on delegates. In this era of uncertainty with education reforms and the pressing need for the empowerment of youth, it is essential for HMUN to provide a model of discussion and understanding.

We challenge you to reflect upon this theme in the full breadth of its significance, for all those who are in the position to fight for others’ education and empowerment, but primarily for those who are not as lucky. We invite you to motivate the people around each other to question the mechanisms that affect your education, and the structures that jeopardize your empowerment.

HMUN Love Always,

Marija Jevtic
Harvard Model United Nations 2018


Guest Speakers

Each year, HMUN commits to having committee presentations that broaden the scope of debate and elaborate on key issues. We invite guest speakers into the committee rooms to infuse committees with a professional, real-world perspective on the topics. Past speakers have included Harvard professors, United Nations officials, and international diplomats. Delegates will have the opportunity to interact with these speakers and ask them questions related to the topics of debate.

Opening Ceremony

Each year, HMUN begins with our much-anticipated Opening Ceremonies. Past opening ceremonies have combined performances by Harvard a cappella groups with keynote addresses by such prominent speakers as Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and former President of Harvard University, and Louise Frechette, former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General.


Each year, we select a charity partner that believes in the ability of HMUN delegates to change the world. Our charity partner often connects with our conference theme and addresses a global problem that remains detrimental to the international community. We donate all proceeds from our charity campaign to this partner. Last year, we raised over $15,000 for our charity partner, CARE International.

If you would be interested in serving as our charity partner, please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff at impact@harvardmun.org.


College and Summer Opportunities Fair

On Friday morning of conference, delegates of all ages will be able to learn about academic and community service-oriented summer programs as well as network with adults involved in international affairs. Delegates will have the valuable opportunity to talk to admissions representatives from dozens of colleges and universities at our college fair held right in the Sheraton Boston.

Harvard Tour

No delegation should leave HMUN without witnessing Boston’s storied history or visiting the Harvard campus. Delegates will be provided with opportunities to participate in guided tours of Harvard’s campus, located just across the Charles river in Cambridge, as well as tours of Boston’s most famous tourist attractions. The Sheraton Boston is located in the Prudential Center in the heart of the city, conveniently connected to the Boston subway system.

HMUN is pleased to partner with the Crimson Key Society to provide tours of Harvard University. Signups for these tours will be announced via email in mid-January. An email will be sent to all delegations in our records with a link to the sign up.These tours are free and take place Friday morning of conference. Please keep in mind that, while we negotiate as many tours as possible, slots inevitably fill up within about a day of being posted to the website. Please note that faculty advisors must attend the tour with their students and must accompany the students to and from campus, which is about a 20-minute T-ride from the conference venue.

Cultural Extravaganza

HMUN 2018 will feature our popular Cultural Extravaganza, which is a celebration of performances by Harvard student cultural groups and any delegates interested in sharing a part of their culture on stage. We would love to see you on stage!

If members of your model United Nations delegation are interested in putting together a performance of 5-10 minutes for Cultural Extravaganza, which will take place Saturday evening of the conference, please submit a video of your performance to events@harvardmun.org by January 1. We will notify you by mid-January whether you were selected.

Movie Night

Our movie night attracts many delegates each year. To celebrate the last night of HMUN, delegates gather together to watch a movie carefully selected and screened by the HMUN Secretariat members.

Delegate Dance

Our popular Saturday night dance offers all delegates a chance to meet other delegates outside of the committee after long days of hard work and negotiation. The dance provides an opportunity for delegates to celebrate their achievements outside the formal conference structure.

Essay Competition

The theme of this year's conference is Empowerment and Education. In collaboration with our 2018 charity partner, we encourage delegates to think critically about the role of educational in political and economic empowerment. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2018. Please email your submission to impact_outreach@harvardmun.org.

Essay competition finalists may have the opportunity to take part in a discussion forum with our conference speaker. In addition, delegates will receive the following:

  • 1st Place Prize: $50 worth of HMUN Merchandise at the Business Booth
  • 2nd Place Prize: $30 worth of HMUN Merchandise at the Business Booth
  • 3rd Place Prize: $20 worth of HMUN Merchandise at the Business Booth

More instructions surrounding the application details will be posted in October.

We look forward to reading your work.

Faculty Events

At HMUN, we aim to provide delegates and faculty alike with an enjoyable and educational experience. Faculty advisors are invited to listen to distinguished guests discuss their areas of expertise at faculty advisor speaker panels and to observe debate at their leisure. Faculty advisors also have access to the Faculty Advisor Lounge, where they may mingle with one another and with our staff as well as enjoy complimentary refreshments. This year, we will continue our Faculty Advisor panel, which serves as a forum for faculty advisors to share their ideas about how to improve education through model United Nations.

Faculty Advisor Panel Application

Applications for Faculty Advisor speakers for HMUN 2018 is now available! A recent tradition of HMUN, the Faculty Advisor Speaker Panel offers a forum for Faculty Advisors to reflect on their experiences as part of a model UN program. Faculty Advisors selected for the panel will have their Faculty Advisor Fee waived.

Apply now to become a speaker at the panel through the Faculty Advisor Panel Application. The deadline for submission will be on October 11, 2017.


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