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. You can read more about the impact of HMUN delegate and faculty advisor donations here.

Our charity partner for HMUN 2018 is Save the Children, an international organization that works to empower and educate children of all ages. To stay informed on the issues targeted by Save the Children and to find out more about its programs, please click here. We hope that you will engage with our charity partner this year to make a positive impact in the world, beyond the confines of the conference.


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 December 1. We will notify you by mid-December 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.

Social Impact Project

Each year, Harvard Model United Nations organizes a Social Impact Project for delegates to promote active critical thinking about the conference theme, and to allow delegates another path to share their voice and be heard. This year, the conference theme is Empowerment & Education. Read more about the theme here to provide a framework for your submission.

Submission guidelines: The submission for the Social Impact Project is now closed. The deadline for HMUN 2018 was January 10, 2018.

Task: Respond to one of the following prompts in the form of a written essay of 750 words or less, or a video of 3-6 minutes. Make sure to include real-world examples, and substantiate your arguments with properly cited facts and expert opinions. You can use multimedia elements in any of the prompts selected.

Prompt Options:

1. What are some of the root causes of disparity in levels of education and empowerment within a society? Provide at least two concrete examples and explain the effects of such disparity.

2. In what ways does education inspire empowerment? Discuss a specific case where this occurs and explain how this mechanism can be fostered on a larger scale.

3. Design and describe in detail, a project you would like to implement in your community to help promote education and empowerment of the youth. While the scope of the proposal can vary, it must reflect a realistic solution to an existing need within your community. Feel free to be creative (you can assume budget, participation and other variables as you deem necessary).

4. Video Project: create a media campaign to raise awareness of education and empowerment problems in your community. Be sure to include a practical solution to the problem you discuss. Videos should be three to six minutes in length.

Awards: First, second, and third-place winners will be recognized during Closing Ceremonies on the Sunday of Conference.


  • November 15, 2017: Prompts released
  • January 20, 2018: Finalists are notified by email
  • January 29, 2018: Results are announced at HMUN 2018 Closing Ceremonies

Questions: Please direct all questions to socialimpactproject@harvardmun.org.

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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