Osgood Model United Nations 2021

February 5-6, 2021

Texas Model United Nations

For more than 15 years, the Osgood Center has committed to training the next generation of global leaders. The Osgood Center believes in the power of education to provide future professionals the knowledge and practical experience to engage in global dialogue. Model United Nations is an academic simulation that offers ideal conditions for them to broaden their expertise and to learn tools for such engagement.

Whether you seek to strengthen your diplomatic skills, deepen your knowledge on global issues, or connect with other students, OSMUN 2021 will provide you the opportunity to learn from other delegates while you discuss today’s most important global issues.

Osgood Center programs have brought together students from all around the world in its Model United Nations conferences which have inspired the creation of similar programs in various high schools and universities globally.

Now, the Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to OSGOOD MODEL UN 2021 (OSMUN 2021) which will be held on Zoom February 5-6, 2021. The Osgood Center hosted its first Model UN conference in 2003 in Washington DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. In 2019 Osgood conducded a 325 delegate Model UN at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia

Xuan ZhuSecurity Council Chair

Xuan Zhu graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014 as a master of Public Administration with two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment. Before that he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 with a bachelor degree of laws, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interest lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues.

Prior to the graduate school, Xuan has quite a few interesting working experiences. His background includes working as an intern editor for Xinhua News Agency, internship in private companies such as Siemens China, part-time translator, and a public servant working on experts and international cooperation in China. He was also a volunteer in the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics.

Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became an assistant director in early 2015. His title was changed to Director of International Programs in 2021.

Information and Materials

Position Papers due January 15, 2021 to swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

TexMUN 2021

February 5-6, 2021

Texas Model United Nations

For more than 15 years, the Osgood Center has committed to training the next generation of global leaders. The Osgood Center believes in the power of education to provide future professionals the knowledge and practical experience to engage in global dialogue. Model United Nations is an academic simulation that offers ideal conditions for them to broaden their expertise and to learn tools for such engagement.

Whether you seek to strengthen your diplomatic skills, deepen your knowledge on global issues, or connect with other students, TexMUN 2021 will provide you the opportunity to learn from other delegates while you discuss today’s most important global issues.

Osgood Center programs have brought together students from all around the world in its Model United Nations conferences which have inspired the creation of similar programs in various high schools and universities globally.

Now, the Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to TEX MODEL UN 2021 (OSMUN 2021) which will be held on Zoom February 5-7, 2021. The Osgood Center hosted its first Model UN conference in 2003 in Washington DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. In 2019 Osgood conducted a 325 delegate Model UN at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Keynote Speaker, Jerry Pubantz

Jerry Pubantz

Jerry Pubantz is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University and his undergraduate degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. He is the co-author or editor of four books on the United Nations. His latest volume with co-author, John Moore, is entitled American Presidents and the United Nations: Internationalism in the Balance. Dr. Pubantz teaches courses on International Organization, American foreign policy, Middle East politics, the politics of globalization, and international relations. He appears regularly on television and radio to discuss international affairs and American politics. He is a member of the Middle East Policy Council’s National Advisory Board, a former President of the North Carolina Political Science Association, the co-founder of the Southern Association of Pre-law Advisers, and the former Chairman of the National Collegiate Conference Association, corporate sponsor of the National Model United Nations in New York City. His articles have appeared in Politics and Policy, the International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ArabiesTrends, Social Forces, and the Turkish Journal of International Relations among other periodicals.

Conference Chairs

Sophia FultonSophia Fulton – WHO Chair
Sophia Fulton is a senior Business Fellow at Baylor University, studying Arabic, Economics, and Finance. She is one of the head delegates for Baylor’s Model United Nations program and has attended several TexMUN and National Model United Nations conferences. Additionally, she participated in Baylor’s Model Arab League program and worked as a chair for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Model Arab League conference. Her academic and professional interests focus on the intersections between U.S. economic and strategic policy in the Middle East. She has interned for the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. Most recently, she worked as an intern for the Institute for the Study of War’s Iraq team. She is a 2021 Rangel International Affairs Fellow and will join the Department of State’s Foreign Service after graduate school.

Molly McFadden – GA3 Chair
Molly McFadden I’m a recent graduate of Alma College with majors in Political Science and History. During my time at Alma I was a member of their award winning Model UN team focusing primarily on refugee rights. My Model UN career with Alma also provided me with the opportunity to travel to New Delhi to work with the Shiv Nadar School system to run a system of Model UN conferences set up by the Alma College Model UN team previously. Continuing my interest in human rights in college outside of Model UN led me to an internship with Anera in Washington D.C. Anera is American Near East Refugee Aid, an American 501c3 non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian and development aid to the Middle East, specifically the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Jordan. I’m looking forward to this conference and the discussions about human rights!

Elizabeth FlatoffElizabeth Flatoff – SC Chair
I am a senior at Alma College and have been a part of the Model UN team for 4 years. During the summer after my freshman year I travelled to India for 2 months to teach about climate change and run a Model UN conference. I plan to pursue a career in politics and international policy and will continue my studies at Middlebury Institute for a masters in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies after graduation in April.

Information and Materials

Position Papers due January 15, 2021 to swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

2021 Virtual Gene Alpert Presidential Inauguration Program

January 10-21, 2021

InaugurationThe Osgood Center is preparing two options for our Presidential Inauguration Program. One is the ONSITE Presidential Program and will be available if health authorities allow it. Otherwise or perhaps in addition to this option, we will offer at a lower cost a VIRTUAL Presidential Program that can be accessed remotely. A third option of housing-only for five nights in a suite hotel, Jan. 16-21, 2021 is also available. Please inquire if you would prefer that option.”

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in a virtual academic seminar that revolves around the historic 2021 presidential inauguration. This quadrennial event is one of the most important events in American history that is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to D.C. to witness history-in-the-making. To be safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering an alternative program that will combine an academic perspective with the exciting events associated with the transition of power or the anticipation of a second term of our next president.

Reserve your space for the unique opportunity to celebrate this very special event on the National Mall and at special inaugural activities.

ORIENTATION

To prepare for the program, we will provide a videography of programs that will provide background and context for presidential inaugurations.

WEEK ONE

Osgood Center speaker sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday. Speakers each morning will include experts in the history and traditions of presidential inaugurations, political campaigns, presidential-congressional relations, politics and the media, and if relevant, presidential transitions or presidential second terms. There will also be a focus on some of the major public policy issues that the next president will likely face in the next four years.

WEEK TWO

Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will have some speakers who will address the historical and present significance of the day. Tuesday is being left open for now, so as not to conflict with any public inaugural events that might be viewed on C-SPAN. Wednesday, January 20 is the day of the inauguration, the inaugural parade and many evening events. These are always covered by the major news outlets and C-SPAN.

Program Costs

Pricing – $500 per student

Deadlines and Payments

All payments are due no later than Dec. 11, 2020 unless other arrangements are made. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 11, 2020. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. Substitutions may be allowed if feasible by December 31, 2020.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for college and graduate students from around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

Dr. Shelton Williams, president, and Dr. Eugene Alpert, vice president, of the Osgood Center have been planning presidential inauguration programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals. We strive to make our programs affordable and accessible with attention paid to the special interests of our students and faculty.

REGISTRATION FORM

Online Registration

For more information, contact us at:

Eugene J. Alpert, Ph.D.
Vice President
The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Email: alpert@osgoodcenter.org
Phone: 202-349-1698, X11698
http://www.osgoodcenter.org

TexMUN – Houston 2019

Lee College, Houston, Texas
February 1-3, 2019

The Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 11 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities globally.

The Osgood Center’s annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held in 2003 in Washington, DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. In January of 2015, the first TexMUN was held in Abilene, Texas, in Austin, Texas during 2016 and 2017, and in Waco, Texas in 2018.

With much excitement, the Osgood Center is happy to announce that the next TexMUN will be held at Lee College on February 1-3, 2019.

The 2019 TexMUN conference will be comprised of a:

  • General Assembly First Committee
  • General Assembly Second Committee
  • General Assembly Third Committee
  • Security Council

Position Papers

**For award consideration, all position papers should be submitted no later than January 18, 2019.**

Please email all papers in a PDF file type to your Secretary General, Rosanna Vargas.

About the Conference

REGISTRATION

The conference will take place at various sites on the Lee College Campus, and registration will be held in Rundell Hall, which is located on Lee Drive between the Huddle Building and the college library. See the Campus Map. Registration will take place in the Rundell Hall Conference Center.

DIRECTIONS

On the Lee College website, you will find detailed driving directions to Rundell Hall as well as a link to a general campus map.

LODGING

Hotels close to Lee College

PARKING

Parking is free. If you are driving a car, on Friday afternoon we recommend that you park in either Parking lot 1, 2, 4 or 11. Each parking location has handicapped accessible parking. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors may park in any lot, except spots marked as reserved 24 hours or designated for permit parking.


Shelton WilliamsOpening Speaker

Dr. Shelton WilliamsPresident, Osgood Center for International Studies

TexmUN Committee Chairs

Rosanna VargasSecurity Council Committee Chair, Secretary General

Rosanna VargasRosanna graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2016 where she earned a Master in International Education Management. Prior to that academic experience in California, as a Fulbright scholar, he earned a Master in Curriculum Design and Instruction with a concentration in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2013, and a Bachelor in Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in 2011. She has relevant experience in educational leadership, academic program design and, international curriculum planning. She has had multiple professional and academic experiences internationally. She has conducted specialized workshops for and, has collaborated on National Model United Nations (MUN DC), Texas Model United Nations (TEX MUN 2017), Model Security Council Osgood Center 2017, the Conferencia International de las Américas (CILA, MUN DR) as an academic advisor and coordinator. Recently, she chaired a committee focused on migration, vulnerable populations and international security at UFHEC Model United Nations in Santo Domingo.

Eric Vining
General Assembly First Committee Chair

Eric ViningEric Vining is the Legislative Director to State Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy) at the Texas House of Representatives in Austin. Eric is also currently a graduate student a Texas State University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in city planning and urban design. Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, where he graduated with majors in Political Science and Journalism. During his time at Baylor, Eric was a member of Baylor MUN, and competed at American Model United Nations in Chicago, Illinois, National Model United Nations in New York, New York, and at TexMUN in 2014, where he was awarded “Best Delegate” in the Historic Security Council simulation as the People’s Republic of China. Eric has chaired committees at three Model UN conferences – Contemporary Security Council at Baylor Model United Nations in 2014 and 2016, and the General Assembly First Committee at TexMUN’s 2016 conference in Austin.

Xuan Zhu
General Assembly Second Committee Chair

Xuan ZhuXuan graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014. He earned a Master of Public Administration in two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment Policy. Before he obtained this double degree, he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 where he earned a bachelor degree of laws, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interest lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues. Prior to graduate school, Xuan had several interesting working experiences. His background includes working as an intern editor for Xinhua News Agency, doing an internship in private companies such as Siemens China, a part-time translator, and a public servant in the Chinese government. He was also a rigorous volunteer in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Xuan works with the Osgood Center since 2013, and he became an associate director in early 2015. He has vast experience in Model United Nations. He chaired the 2016, and 2017 TexMUN Model APEC, where he combines his knowledge of Asian policies, international trade, legal issues and, energy affairs.

Megan E. Finkbeiner
General Assembly Third Committee Chair

Megan FinkbeinerMegan is in her senior year studying International Advocacy to complete a BA in Communication and Philosophy at Alma College. Megan is currently interning with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and will work there to help progress the work to ensure rights for North Korean’s. At Alma College, Megan is a member of the Model United Nations team and has represented multiple Member States on a variety of committees over the past three years including Brazil in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Morocco in the General Assembly Third Committee, Thailand also in the General Assembly Third Committee and Sudan in the Commission for Social Development (CSocD). Prior to her internship with HRNK, she recently finished working with Shiv Nadar Schools in New Delhi, India to set up a Model UN program for the Faridabad branch of the school system in order to increase youth involvement in international politics, particularly the way in which climate change is a threat multiplier for global security.

2019 Continuity and Change in American Leadership

Two Weeks: Jan. 6-19, 2019
One Week: Jan. 6-12, 2019 or Jan. 13-19, 2019

January Leadership ProgramA seemingly new era in American politics and international relations is presenting the U.S. profound challenges to established approaches to education, business, journalism, politics, diplomacy and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, and educators to examine the significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society.

To accommodate various types of academic calendars, we are offering both a two-week program, ideal for Jan Term schools, or a one-week program for those institutions not quite starting their spring semester. Also, accommodations are available before and after the program for institutions seeking to arrange their own additional instructional time.

Why this Osgood Center Program?

What is unique about this program is that the Osgood Center consults with faculty attending the program with their students in order to cover preferred topics and may help arrange site visits that fit their academic focus. Whether this involves an emphasis on politics, domestic policy, foreign policy, the role of the media and interest groups, various public policy issues or even the arts and humanities or sciences, we often can arrange appropriate activities to suit your preferences. This is YOUR program, one that we develop with your input. We keep the size of the program manageable so most students are able to ask their questions and interact with the speakers. Staff are easy accessible and students are able to interact more with those from other institutions.

Here are the program options and details:

Two-week program
Jan. 6-19, 2019
Program Cost: $750

One-Week Program
Jan. 6-12, 2019 or Jan. 13-19, 2019
Program Cost: $500 per week

Very affordable housing options available. Please contact us for more information.

There is no program charge for the faculty, but they are responsibility for the cost of their housing. Food, transportation and other personal expenses are also not included.

What we provide:

A bus tour of major D.C. sights, an Osgood Center promotional item and a reception with a speaker during week two. We will generally provide two speaker sessions in the morning and generally one site visit in the afternoon, unless faculty desire to arrange their own visits and afternoon schedule. The site visits will be customized to reflect the interests of the faculty leading the group. During week two we will provide a ticket for each student to the Newseum. Time will be available for small group meetings for discussion and reflection.

Deadlines and Payments

Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. We are limiting the program to under 100 students and faculty. Deadline for applications is December 3, but registrations may still be accepted if space is available. Housing costs may increase the closer to the start of the program, so we encourage early applications.

Payment in full is required by December 10, 2018 unless other arrangements are made. Housing payment may be required at an earlier time to guarantee rates. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 15, 2018. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance.

The Osgood Center Difference

Dr. Shelton Williams and Dr. Eugene Alpert, president and vice president, respectively, of the Osgood Center, have been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for graduate, college, and, occasionally, high school students from around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

For more information and to make reservations, contact us at:

Eugene J. Alpert, Ph.D.
Vice President
The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Email: alpert@osgoodcenter.org
Phone: 202-349-1698, X11698
http://www.osgoodcenter.org
@osgoodcenter

Summer Symposium on Global Economy and Security

NMUN annually draws participants from more than 130 UN Member States to address current global issues. Our experiential learning programs, including the world’s largest university-level Model UN, provide students with a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. Students benefit from our longstanding partnership with the UN and utilize simulation procedural rules developed decades ago with UNITAR. Our New York conferences culminate at UN Headquarters with thousands of students in attendance.

Summer Institute on Global Economic and Security Order

The Osgood Institute on the Global Economic and Security Order:
Concepts, Conflict, and Cooperation
Washington D.C.
July 19-August 9, 2018

Program Description

The Osgood Institute is a three-week long program aiming at improving students’ understanding of international affairs, engaging students with first-line practitioners and organizations in the world of international relations, and helping students forge their own career path in this field.

The Institute offers an in-depth analysis of the historical evolution of the international system, international economics, and current issues in international affairs. During the institute, participants will be able to have interactions with ambassadors, senators, Generals, journalists and other first-line practitioners in IR world. Visits and seminars in various think tanks, international institutions, embassies, and government agencies located in Washington, DC are included so that participants will not only be able to understand how these organizations operate, but also learn how people in these organizations start their career and build up their career paths. For participants willing to pursue graduate studies, there will be opportunities to engage with admissions officials, former students and professors from programs at renowned graduate schools in Washington DC.

Why the Institute

The Osgood Center supports international affairs education across the board, but it has a special interest in helping students who are interested in qualifying for graduate schools in international affairs. Each such school has its own emphases, but in general entry into these institutions requires more than good grades and high GRE scores. It even requires more than solid TOEFL scores or extensive course work in Political Science. Typically, these programs seek applicants with relevant practical backgrounds, study abroad experience, multi-disciplinary courses, knowledgeable mentors who write excellent letters of recommendation, focused essays, and strong sense of personal direction (re careers and goals). Perhaps this is why the average entering age for students in professional schools of international affairs is now 26.

As an international student you may not be aware of these requirements. As an American student, you may have assumed that professional schools and traditional International Relations concentrations within Political Science programs have similar requirements. The Osgood Center Institute can help clarify the expectations, issues, and experiences that can assist in your efforts with APSIA schools. It can help you fulfill the requirements. The Institute is five weeks long. It is conducted in English. It offers participants in depth analysis of the historical evolution of the international system, international economics, and current issues in international affairs while also allowing participants to interact with renowned professors, current and former practitioners, and journalists. Participants also Perhaps most importantly, the participants meet Admissions officials, former students and professors from programs at Georgetown Walsh School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, George Washington Elliott School and the American University School of International Service.

Washington, DC is a strategic information hub. The Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Hudson Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars are just a few of the institutions whose open lectures participants will visit. The Department of State, the Pentagon, the IMF, and the World Bank are also in DC and will host the participants in briefing sessions. Journalists from Politico, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Washington Post, and others will host or meet the students.

At the end of the institute, students will have a far better understanding of international affairs and what next steps they must take to forge a career path in this field. International students will have mastered an advanced program in English far from home and American students will have met and interacted socially and intellectually with students from other countries and cultures. Students will earn a certificate from the Institute.

Dates and Location

This program will be held in Washington D.C. from July 19 to August 9, 2018.

Program Cost

The program cost is $2995 for three weeks. However, participants can choose to attend two weeks’ for $2095 or for $845 any single week. Application fee is $150. Full payment is expected one month before your participation.

Housing

Housing is the responsibility of each participant. For affordable housing options in the DC area, please contact us to reserve appropriate space.

Scholarship

Scholarships starting from $500 to full scholarship is available. To apply for scholarship, please provide your relevant FAFSA information or special circumstances attached to your application.

Eligibility

Eligibility to apply is limited to students who have finished their sophomore year of college through three years post college graduation. We expect you to be in good standing academically with your home institution and that you can provide an unofficial transcript if requested.

Refund Policy

Full payment due by June 1, 2017. No refunds after June 20, 2017.

Application Process

To apply for the program, please fill in the application form and mail or email to us. Mailing address and email address is at the bottom of the application form. The Program is filling up quickly. Be sure to send in your Program Applications quickly to secure your spots! Applications accepted as long as space is available.

For more information, please contact us:

The Osgood Center
1629 K. St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Contact: swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
or call: 202-349-1698, X11698

TexMUN – Waco 2018

February 2-4, 2018

The Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 11 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities the world over. The Osgood Center’s annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held in 2003 in Washington, DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC each fall. In January of 2015, the first TexMUN was held in Abilene, Texas and in Austin, Texas during 2016 and 2017. With much excitement, the Osgood Center is happy to announce that the next TexMUN will be held at Baylor University on February 2-4, 2018. The 2018 TexMUN conference will be comprised of a General Assembly First Committee (GA1), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Security Council (SC).

Colorful flags of the world outside of the United Nations building in New York City.Position Papers

**For award consideration, all position papers should be submitted no later than January 15, 2018.**

Information and Materials

Download the TexMUN Flyer
Available Countries and Committees: Country Matrix 2018.
Download our TexMUN Registration Form, and view payment options.
Registration and payment forms should be submitted to Dr. Shelton Williams at: swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
See the Rules of Procedure. Business professional attire required.

Background Guides Made available during October 2017.

General Assembly First: [Curbing the Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons; Combating Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones]
Asia-Pacific Cooperation: [Topics to be determined]
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: [World Heritage Sites: Balancing Tourism and Preservation; Education and Science for Agriculture in Africa]
Security Council: [Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction; Peace and Security in Africa]


TexMUN Committee Chairs

Darby Capps
Security Council Committee Chair, Secretary General

Darby CappsDarby is the founder of Social Kinetics, a digital marketing and website development company in Oklahoma City. She has a bachelors in political science and journalism, and is an Archer alum. Presently, she is a graduate student at Oklahoma University pursuing a masters degree in Professional Counseling. Darby began working with the Osgood Center in 2014 as a Program Associate and is now the Model United Nations Director.
Since 2011, Darby has competed in and served on collegiate Model UN conferences across the globe. She was an award winning delegate at NMUN in New York, SRMUN in Atlanta, LAMUN in the Galapagos, and NMUN in South Korea. In 2014 and 2015, Darby served as a chair and then the Secretary General of the Model Security Council in Washington, D.C. In 2015 and 2016, she served as the chair of the TexMUN Model Security Council. Lastly, in 2016, Darby was the Secretary General of the 2016 and 2017 TexMUN Conference in Austin, Texas.

Xuan Zhu
APEC Committee Chair
Xuan ZhuXuan graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014 as a master of Public Administration with two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment. Before that he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 with a bachelor degree of law, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interests lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues. His background includes media, economics, and public service prior to his graduate study. Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became the Assistant Director in early 2015. He chaired the 2016, and 2017 TexMUN Model APEC meeting in Austin, Texas.

Eric Vining
GA2 Committee Chair

Eric ViningEric is the Legislative Director to State Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy) at the Texas House of Representatives in Austin. Eric is also currently a graduate student a Texas State University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in city planning and urban design. Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, where he graduated with majors in Political Science and Journalism. During his time at Baylor, Eric was a member of Baylor MUN, and competed at American Model United Nations in Chicago, Illinois, National Model United Nations in New York, New York, and at TexMUN in 2014, where he was awarded “Best Delegate” in the Historic Security Council simulation as the People’s Republic of China. Eric has chaired committees at three Model UN conferences – Contemporary Security Council at Baylor Model United Nations in 2014 and 2016, and the General Assembly First Committee at TexMUN’s 2016 conference in Austin.


Hotel Information
Comfort Suites (recommended)
2700 La Salle Ave
Waco, Texas, 76706
Other hotels are near the university

Flight Information
The nearest airports is Waco Regional (ACT), serviced only by American Airlines. Next closest is Killeen-Fort Hood Regional (GRK), serviced by American, Delta, and United. Other airport options are Dallas-Love, DFW, Austin, and College Station.

For more information, please contact us:

Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K. St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
or call: 202-349-1698, X11698

2018 Continuity and Change in American Leadership

Two Weeks: Jan. 7-20, 2018
One Week: Jan. 7-13, 2018 or Jan. 14-20, 2018

January Leadership ProgramA new administration and seemingly a new era in American politics are presenting the US profound challenges to established approaches to education, journalism, politics, diplomacy and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, and educators to examine the historical significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society.

To accommodate various types of academic calendars, we are offering both a two-week program, ideal for Jan Term schools, or a one-week program for those institutions not quite starting their spring semester.

What is unique about this program is that the Osgood Center will consult with faculty attending the program with their students in order to cover preferred topics and arrange site visits that fit their academic focus. Whether this involves an emphasis on politics, domestic policy, foreign policy, the role of the media and interest groups, various public policy issues or even the arts and humanities, we often can arrange appropriate activities to suit your preferences.

Here are the program options and details:

Two-week program
Jan. 7-20, 2018
Program Cost: $750

One-Week Program
Jan. 7-13, 2018 or Jan. 14-20, 2018
Program Cost: $500 per week

Very affordable housing options available. Please contact us for more information.

There is no program charge for the faculty, but they are charged the cost of housing. Food, transportation and other personal expenses are also not included. Arrangements can be made to arrive a day earlier or depart a day later upon consultation.

What we provide:

A bus tour of major DC sights, an Osgood Center promotional item and a reception with a speaker during week two. We will generally provide two speaker sessions in the morning and one site visit in the afternoon, unless faculty desire to arrange their own visits and afternoon schedule. The site visits will be customized to reflect the interests of the faculty leading the group. During week two we will provide a ticket for each student to the Newseum. Time will be available for small group meetings for discussion and reflection. Martin Luther King Day schedule may involve a day of service or other special activities on the National Mall.

Deadlines and Payments

Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. We are limiting the program to under 100 students and faculty. Deadline for applications is December 1, but applications may still be accepted if space is available. Housing costs may increase the closer to the start of the program, so we encourage early applications.

Payment in full is required by December 8, 2017 unless other arrangements are made. Housing payment may be required at an earlier time to guarantee rates. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 15, 2017. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance.

The Osgood Center Difference

Dr. Shelton Williams and Dr. Eugene Alpert, president and vice president, respectively, of the Osgood Center, have been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for graduate, college, and, occasionally, high school students from around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

For more information and to make reservations, contact us at:

Eugene J. Alpert, Ph.D.
Vice President
The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Email: alpert@osgoodcenter.org
Phone: 202-349-1698, X11698
http://www.osgoodcenter.org
@osgoodcenter