Letter from the President

     Welcome to the website of the International Relations Organization (IRO) at UVA! IRO is a student-run non-profit dedicated to educating students about global politics and international affairs through discussion, debate, and simulation.

     IRO hosts weekly meetings on Wednesday nights at 7pm in Jefferson Hall, which include student debates, discussions, and panels. Our weekly meetings are also the home of IRO’s Speaker Series, which hosts acclaimed professors, former ambassadors, think-tank leaders, and generals to speak. In addition to its weekly meetings, IRO frequently collaborates with organizations and institutions across Grounds to promote international affairs programming at the University. IRO also facilitates research within the international relations and foreign policy field, with our Wilson Journal of International Affairs–one of the few undergraduate research journals dedicated to the study of international affairs in the country. A significant component of IRO is Model United Nations: the organization hosts three excellent Model United Nations simulation conferences every year: the Virginia Model UN Conference (VAMUN) for high school students, the Virginia International Crisis Simulation (VICS) for college students, and the Virginia Inter-Generational Model United Nations Conference (VIGMUN) for all ages. Further, IRO runs a traveling Model United Nations Team–ranked 19th in the country–that competes at conferences across the country.

     Ultimately, any organization is defined by its purpose and the culture it engenders. Over the years, IRO has brought together intelligent, thoughtful, and genuine people of incredibly diverse backgrounds in a constructive, tight-knit, and camaraderie-filled environment, in which all involved share a passion for issues of international significance, history, politics, economics, political philosophy, and culture. As the Executive Board and I work toward fulfilling our mission by pursuing new initiatives and substantive improvements, we aim to cultivate this type of environment.

     The Executive Board and I warmly welcome you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns about IRO or how to get involved. My email is listed below, and the rest of the Board’s contact information is provided on the Contact page.


Sean Rastatter

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