IRO hosts three annual Model United Nations Conferences on Grounds every year. The Virginia Model United Nations Conference (VAMUN) is held every fall for high school students, while the Virginia International Crisis Simulation (VICS) is held every spring for college students. A third conference, the Virginia Inter-Generational Model United Nations Conference (VIGMUN), was introduced in the spring of 2015, and features delegates from Middle Schools and High Schools in the Charlottesville area, students from the University of Virginia, and professional adults in the Blue Ridge Region.
In addition to hosting our own Model UN conferences, throughout the year we send teams of UVa students to compete in several Model UN conferences across North America. In the past, we have attended conferences at Georgetown, Columbia, McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Princeton, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, UNC, W&M, and Yale. At these conferences, delegates adopt a position in a simulation of an international body, and pursue their individual interests through debate and negotiation. Awards are given to both individuals and teams for comprehension of the issues at hand and excellence in debate and oratory skills. U.Va. delegates frequently receive individual awards at these conferences, defeating delegates from some of the nation’s most competitive teams. The team is currently ranked 13th in the nations as of Fall 2016.