Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s programming offerings and sign-up form!
(Note: Preferences for programming spaces will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. As such, we ask that you please complete the programming sign up form as soon as possible.)
If you have any questions about programming at NAIMUN, please contact our Director of Programming, Justin McCartney, at [email protected].
Experience Washington D.C. in a New Way at NAIMUN LV!
This year, NAIMUN is proud to announce new and improved programming options! On Friday morning, NAIMUN LV’s Director and Deputy Director of Programming will assist delegations in organizing tours at some of the best locations DC has to offer, as detailed in the paragraphs below. We will also begin the transition towards committee-based programming, as about a dozen of our smaller committees will have the opportunity to travel with their staffers to a place around the city that ties in with what is being debated throughout the weekend. NAIMUN will also assist in transportation around the city this year. Our goal is to make NAIMUN weekend as educational as possible, and we believe that this more cohesive experience between in and out of committee programming will enhance the delegate experience immensely!
In the world of international relations, there are few places more central than Washington D.C. While at the conference delegates can take advantage of its amazing location to visit one of the hundreds of embassies in the area. There’s even a chance they’ll meet their committee counterpart in real life!
In the past, delegates have visited over 20 different embassies including but not limited to:
- The Embassy of Mexico
- The Embassy of Saudi Arabia
- The Embassy of the Russian Federation
- The Embassy of Afghanistan
- The Embassy of the Netherlands
- And many more!
Pentagon and Capitol Hill Tours
Located just outside of D.C. in Arlington, VA, the Pentagon is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense and the symbol of the US military. Take a tour of one of the largest office buildings in the world with three times the floor space of the Empire State Building to learn about the mission of the DoD and its role in ensuring our national security.
You can also visit the historic Capitol Building, the home of the House of Representatives and the Senate and the seat of policy-making in the United States. It’s one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and a must-see for anyone visiting Washington D.C.
Museums and Monuments on the National Mall
D.C. has the distinction of being home to the monuments of some of the great sharpers of our nation. Visit the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials all in a day, and still have time to see the brand-new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. You can also spend time in one of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and experience the worlds largest museum and research center. Even better, admission is free! Historically, tours have gone to:
- The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- Freer and Sackler Gallery of East Asian Art
- The National Holocaust Memorial Museum
- The Library of Congress
The DuPont Neighborhood Charm and Georgetown Tours
NAIMUN is surrounded by the historic DuPont Circle neighborhood, a friendly part of D.C. full of fun restaurants and boutique shops. Delegates, moderators, and parents alike should rest assured that the Dupont neighborhood is not only safe but also charming.
On Friday morning, delegates have the option to come visit Georgetown University’s campus, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the nation. NAIMUN staffers will lead tours during which delegates can take a picture in front of the iconic Healy Hall and learn about the diverse opportunities that Georgetown offers. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even catch a glimpse of our beloved mascot, Jack the Bulldog!
In Conference Programming
Most committees will have the opportunity to host a specialist from a field relevant to their topic, often ambassadors or policy makers, to speak with the delegates about the realities of international relations. This allows the delegates an exciting opportunity to see how the debates and decision they are making in committee are mirrored in the real world. Past committee speakers have included:
- Victor Cha, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council
- Jeff Leen, assistant managing editor for The Washington Post investigations unit
- Katherine Bliss, Senior Associate in the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Mark Lagon, former Executive Director and CEO of the Polaris Project
- Iain Guest, director of The Advocacy Project
Become a Hoya! Experience the high-energy fun of Georgetown’s finest performing arts groups, from Bollywood dancers to a Capella groups. Get a taste of life as a Hoya and experience Georgetown’s hospitality while enjoying a night of singing, dancing, and free ice cream!
NAIMUN encourages delegates to get to know each other out of committee. Social events, like Saturday night’s delegate dance, allow delegates the chance to meet and mingle with their peers from across the country and around the world while enjoying some of today’s top hits.