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
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