St. Bonaventure University

Model United Nations

Members of the SBU Model UN pose with their awards at the 2019 Lake Erie International Model United Nations competition.
St. Bonaventure University’s Model UN Club took second place at the 2019 Lake Erie International Model United Nations competition. Additionally, seven team members received Excellence Awards.


St. Bonaventure University Model United Nations (SBUMUN) is an academic club that allows students to expand their knowledge of the United Nations.

Members participate in simulations in which they portray a member of the UN in one of their principle bodies, committees or organizations by debating current international issues pertinent to the UN or any international organization.

Three women sit at a table and confer.During the fall semester, the club participates in scrimmages hosted by Mercyhurst College and attends the Lake Erie International Model United Nations Conference (LEIMUN).

During the spring semester, we attend any collegiate conference of our choice and host our annual St. Bonaventure University Model United Nations High School Conference for students from high schools in the region.

In recent years, SBUMUN members were awarded medals for their superior knowledge of rules and procedure, portrayal of their delegation and debating skills. SBU Model UN took second place at the 2019 LEIMUN Conference, with seven team members receiving Excellence Awards. The club was awarded the Small Delegation Award at the 2012 LEIMUN Conference and placed second in the fall scrimmage at Mercyhurst College.

Students may receive three credits for joining SBU Model UN as a class.

Annual SBU MUN High School Conference

Each March the Model United Nations organization hosts a high school conference where numerous high schools from Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania come to St. Bonaventure. At this weekend-long event, high school students demonstrate their research and debate skills as they compete with one another for awards.

The conference also allows St. Bonaventure students to chair a committee and apply the parliamentary procedures that are used within the United Nations.

The 2020 Conference

St. Bonaventure University will host the 2020 High School Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, 2020.


  • The high school fee is $75.
  • The individual delegate fee is $50.


  1. Human Rights Council
  2. North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  3. Security Council
  4. United Nations Environmental Programme
  5. World Health Organization

Conference Rules

To ensure the smooth operation of the conference, delegates are encouraged to be familiar with the updated rules of procedure. Both the "short form" and the complete set may be viewed or downloaded from the links below.

Past Conferences

We maintain a list of past conference topics.

Secretariat of the Model UN

The Secretariat is the heart of the high school conference, responsible for everything from recruiting to training staff and registering participants. Below is the St. Bonaventure Secretariat for the current high school conference.

Faculty Adviser
Dr. Ibrahim Zabad
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Daniel Bakowski
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Charge D’Affaires
August Fallon
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Head Delegate
Zayba Chauhdry
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Undersecretary of Media
and Public Relations

Elias Petri
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Undersecretary of
Public Affairs

Valentina Cossio
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