Diplomacy Camp 2020
For more than thirty years, BYUMUN has provided an opportunity for high school students to acquire core diplomatic skills. Because of COVID-19, we will hold an alternative virtual experience in 2020—Diplomacy Camp—to allow motivated students to work on developing the same skills, as well as learn from real diplomats and expand their understanding of global issues.
While Diplomacy Camp won’t replace BYUMUN, it will include the same focus on public speaking, policy research and writing, parliamentary procedure, and negotiation. Students who participate will be expected to participate in preliminary research and writing about topics that will be discussed and debated during the camp.
Because of the digital format, we are only able to accomodate a limited number of students. Students are encouraged to apply early. Applications can be found here.
Expand skills in public speaking, writing, research, and more
Develop leadership and global perspective
Learn from the experiences of real diplomats
Earn awards for college and scholarship applications
How this Differs from MUN
Diplomacy camp is not meant to replace BYUMUN. Instead, it’s an opportunity to develop and expand skills essential to success in Model United Nations conferences and diplomacy in general. Students who have previously participated in BYUMUN should not expect a virtual version of BYUMUN but rather a series of activities, workshops, simulations, and lectures that will help them to improve current skills and increase awareness of the importance of diplomacy in a global context.
Why No BYUMUN31 Conference
We believe in-person interaction is an essential and irreplicable part of BYUMUN. Because COVID-19 restrictions preclude us from convening an in-person conference, we will not be holding BYUMUN31.
However, we still want to provide meaningful opportunities for highly-motivated students to hone diplomatic skills. This year, in place of BYUMUN31, we will host Diplomacy Camp.
Our approach is not to virtually replicate the BYUMUN conference. Rather, it will give students a chance to earn awards for public speaking and policy writing (position papers), and to learn about leadership and diplomacy from current and former diplomats (including former US Ambassador Deborah Jones, who replaced the late Christopher Stevens in Libya, George Ward, currently serving at the US Mission to the UN in NYC, and more). Motivated students will be able to gain some experience and credentials for their college applications. They will also participate in online simulations to develop negotiation skills.
Individual awards for pre-camp modules (speeches, parliamentary procedure, resolution writing, and position papers)
Video Trainings at your own pace
US Ambassador Deborah Jones
$30 per person. Scholarships (partial and full) are available.
Priority registration: Friday, October 23
Diplomacy Camp: 14 November, 9 a.m.