IDIA and Rutgers University present

Rutgers Model United Nations 2023

Welcome to RUMUN!

RUMUN 2023 will take place from November 16-19.

Rutgers Model United Nations is one of the largest and most well-regarded MUN conferences in the United States. The flagship program of the Institute for Domestic & International Affairs, Inc., started empowering students in 1992 when a group of students from Rutgers University sought to establish an international studies program at the university.  Initially founded at Brett Hall on Rutgers’ historic College Avenue campus, RUMUN has grown dramatically in size, bringing more than 40,000 students together to discuss and address global issues.

RUMUN is characterized by its in-depth topic briefs, well-trained staff, and small commitee sizes. Backed by IDIA, all RUMUN staffers are Rutgers undergraduate students who complete a year-long training program before running the conference. Attend to learn why RUMUN is one of the most acclaimed MUN conferences in the country.

Committees & Topics

Browse the committees available at this year’s Rutgers Model UN conference, and start the registration process.

From the Secretary-General

Welcome to Rutgers Model United Nations 2023! The conference will take place November 16-19, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

I am extremely excited to welcome you all to RUMUN 2023. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our delegates, staff, and advisors for helping make this conference a success. RUMUN was the first model United Nations conference I ever attended as a delegate. It helped me become the person I am today, and I would not be here now without the invaluable support and experience I received through Model United Nations as a delegate. RUMUN is a great conference that showcases the strengths of our staff members. We have been working hard to put together a unique conference where delegates, regardless of skill level, will take away unique knowledge and understand world issues at large. At the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, our three goals have always been to educate, empower, and engage the students that choose to attend our conferences. I have directly seen and experienced the impact of these goals, and it is an honor to help delegates experience them as well. At conference, our committees have a broad range of topics that they will be discussing, from Maintaining Peace in Outer Space to the Impact of Social Media on Developing Nations.

All of our committees will unite under our conference’s theme: Amending Hardship to Foster Healing. The United Nations is often held in popular consciousness as a disaster relief organization tasked with intervening in cases of dire strife and conflict. But the UN’s real role, as seen in foundational statements like the Sustainable Development Goals, is much more significant. In order to create lasting change that prevents common global issues from reoccurring, the UN must be an organization that focuses on infrastructure-building. Many countries only mitigate the issues at hand, without ensuring action is taken to prevent the difficulty from occurring again. Taking preventative measures in order to ensure the prevention of future global issues is of utmost importance. It’s not enough to coordinate refugee assistance when extreme storms displace entire peoples; we must consider the causes of climate change that make 1,000-year storms more common. It’s not enough to coordinate foreign direct investment in the developing world; we must take a longer view and ask critical questions about the long-term effects of such investment on member states’ autonomy and economic growth.

The United Nations has a vital role to play in mitigating world issues. My hope is that delegates discuss and understand both short and long-term causes of the issues being debated, and come up with solutions that are creative and suited for the unprecedented.

Over the course of the weekend, students will debate and work together to tackle their respective issues, keeping the theme in mind. My goal is for students to leave RUMUN feeling accomplished– whether it be speaking in front of a room for the first time, coming up with a unique solution to their topic, or even a newfound passion for Model United Nations. Myself and the rest of RUMUN 2023’s staff hopes to create an environment where you do not only collaborate with one another, but grow as an individual throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions, especially about registration or the conference itself, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Any questions or comments can also be sent to me at [email protected]. Prior to the conference, the Secretariat, along with the rest of our staff, is available to provide information or do outreach programs to help schools prepare. With that, we look forward to meeting you all this November at RUMUN 2023!

Best regards, 
Hana Patel
RUMUN 2023


Rutgers Model United Nations 2023 will take place from November 16-19, 2023.

RUMUN 2023 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in historic New Brunswick, New Jersey. Students attending the conference will stay either at the Hyatt or the nearby Heldrich, which is a short walk away.

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Logistics & Lodging
Rules & Policies
COVID-19 Info

RUMUN is a four-day conference that begins on Thursday evening and continues until Sunday morning. Delegates debate their topics in committee, and also have the opportunity to attend workshops focused on both policy issues and life skills.

Lodging is provided at select hotels conveniently located at or near the conference premises. Please see details below, or email [email protected] for more info on how to include lodging in your registration.

The conference schedule listed here is tentative and subject to change based on venue availability, speaker schedules, etc.

As an IDIA-sponsored conference, IDIA adheres to a uniform set of rules governing participant conduct, debate style, and awards. Please see detailed policy documents below, and email [email protected] with any questions.

IDIA will follow the guidelines in accordance with local, state, and federal guidance as well as the protocols established by the Hyatt.

  • All participants are required to sign the COVID-19 waiver acknowledging the risks of participation prior to arriving at the conference.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 protocols, please contact us at [email protected].

Register your team for RUMUN today, and ask us about available scholarships for schools and students with demonstrated need.