Parent Organization: Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt International Relations Association (formerly Vanderbilt Model U.N) is a multifaceted organization aimed at bringing together students interested in international affairs and global issues, whether that be through non-profit and philanthropy work, competition with the Model UN team or writing about global topics.
The Model UN aspect of VIRA allows Vanderbilt students to participate in Model UN conferences held across the country. At these conferences, students take on roles as diplomats or nations and work with other delegates to simulate sessions of an international organization meeting. Participants will research their position, investigate global issues, debate with other students, and develop solutions to a wide variety of international dilemmas. Check out the news section of our Anchorlink to stay updated on upcoming conferences and previous club successes.
Along with Model UN, VIRA creates an engaging atmosphere at bi-weekly general body meetings, during various practice simulations, through philanthropic activities, and with internationally focused publications. In addition, VIRA regularly invites experts in argumentation, politics, or presentation in order to hone the abilities of our members, not only for immediate use at inter-collegiate competitions but also to provide training in essential life skills.
Whether it be attending meetings and social functions, volunteering at philanthropic events and our annual high school Model UN conference, or participating in Model UN conferences and in discussions with experts and professors, VIRA offers opportunities for every level of interest and skill. No previous experience is necessary to join VIRA, and we welcome all areas of study and interest.
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