For more than a decade, the Mercyhurst Model United Nations program has provided an opportunity for students to represent the University in competition while honing their skills in advocacy, negotiation and diplomacy.
The scope of international organizations that the team models after extends beyond the United Nations to also include NATO, the Arab League and the European Union. To reflect this broad emphasis of the program, the team is called Mercyhurst Model International Organizations Team (MIOT).
Throughout the academic year, the team hosts and attends a number of intercollegiate scrimmages as a member of the regional intercollegiate league, Mid Atlantic Model United Nations Consortium (MAMUNC), of which it is a founding member. The team as a whole, including recognition of individual members, has received numerous awards for outstanding performances. Over the years, the team has competed in a variety of national and international conferences in New York, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Mexico, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.
In the spring, the team hosts its annual High School Model UN competition, in which area high schools are invited to participate. Scholarship opportunities are available to four outstanding students who compete at the annual Model United Nations Conference at Mercyhurst University: Scholarships are awarded to first and second place delegates (which can be added to a merit-based award at Mercyhurst). This competition is student-led and facilitates members' organizational and leadership skills. It also allows for mentoring opportunities between MIOT members and local high school students.
Come join us! MIOT is guaranteed to be a skills-building, challenging yet fun experience!