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Rutgers Model United Nations 2021

Welcome to RUMUN!

RUMUN 2021 will take place from November 18-21.

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 2021! The conference will take place November 18-21, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all of the students, advisors, and other guests, for participating in RUMUN 2021. To our staff members, I extend my gratitude to you, for all of the hard work and dedication that you have put into creating this wonderful experience. RUMUN exemplifies the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs’ ideals by providing a welcoming atmosphere for students to become educated, become empowered, and actively engage in the world around them. Model UN is an effective medium for developing valuable, lifelong skills, and it is my sincere hope that RUMUN 2021 plays a role in that development. At the conference, delegates will dive into relevant topics such as “Epidemic Management and Prevention” and “Digital Health Strategies.” Our fourteen committees have been designed to challenge students intellectually, encouraging them to analyze contemporary issues through a historical lens.

As with all of our conferences, RUMUN is focused around a theme. How is the world we live in today different from the world that existed ten years ago? Twenty years ago? Fifty? One hundred? What have we done right in the past, and what have we done wrong? Throughout history, different issues have challenged people and nations on a global level. Changing times and conditions have resulted in these issues evolving and adapting, forcing us to re-evaluate our approaches. Scientific advances have revolutionized healthcare and technology; political conditions have transformed countries and even given rise to new nations; past attempts to resolve global issues have been deemed ineffective. Regardless of what specific change has occurred, these events have imprinted upon our current environment, forcing us to address issues in ways we have never had to before. Within their committees, delegates will need to understand their given topics through this retrospective lens in order to provide prospective routes for effective change. What has worked in the past may not be the best solution today. It is my hope that this theme will challenge delegates to think outside the box, to create solutions that are truly suited to the times we live in, and that will inspire a new era of change. 

Over the course of the weekend, students will work together to tackle their respective topics, using the theme as a guide. It is my goal that each student leaves RUMUN 2021 with something of value–whether it be a new perspective, increased awareness of a global issue, a newfound interest, or simply an enjoyable experience. I, along with the rest of the RUMUN 2021 staff, hope to learn just as much from the students as we hope to teach them. 

If you have any questions, especially about registration or the conference itself, feel free to contact us at Any questions or comments can also be sent to me at 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 in November at RUMUN 2021!

Best Regards,
Julianne Dela Cruz
Rutgers Model United Nations 2021



Rutgers Model United Nations 2021 will take place from November 18-21, 2021.

RUMUN 2021 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 may commute to the conference.

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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 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 with any questions.

In accordance with local, state, and federal guidance as well as the protocols established by the Hyatt, IDIA will be enforcing several new COVID-19 rules for all conference participants, chaperones, and staff.

  • All individuals attending the conference in any capacity are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to provide proof of vaccination.
  • All participants, chaperones, and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth covering at all times on conference premises, except when in own hotel rooms.
  • The overall capacity of the conference has been limited to make committee rooms less dense and allow for social distancing.
  • Even as IDIA takes all possible measures to ensure a safe conference environment, there is always an inherent risk in any group activity. As such, this year’s permission slip will include a COVID-19 waiver that is required for all participants.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 protocols, please contact us at 

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