(Most recent update) Email sent on July 28, 2020:


Dear advisors and head delegates,

We are excited to announce that early registration for the Stanford Model United Nations Conference has opened and run until August 31st. Pricing will be $26 per delegation and $26 per delegate. Regular Registration will be open from September 1st-15th and will be priced at $28 per each delegation and delegate. Late Registration will be open from September 16th to October 1st and will be priced at $30 per each delegation and delegate.

This pricing will cover the shipment of awards and costs of our selected platform, Gatherly. We are working with Gatherly to construct new, original features for our conference experience. Our Secretariat will reach out with information for an advisor Q&A on Gatherly to answer any questions and gain feedback surrounding committee dynamics.

We hope to increase Model UN’s accessibility and diversity with our transition to a remote format. In this spirit, we are proud to announce our offering of the Cardinal Scholarship Program, which will cover the full cost of conference attendance for a select number of individual delegates in need of financial assistance. The scholarship is available for self-registered delegates and to students who are part of an attending delegation.

Our Secretariat aimed to remove delegation caps earlier this year. Unfortunately, this is not possible due to the university’s cohort system and restrictions. Since we are still awaiting university guidelines for student organization membership during the 2020-2021 school year (e.g. if students can staff events when off campus), we can only accommodate 380 delegates at this year’s conference. If we are given early notice of a larger pool of staffers than anticipated, we will scale the conference’s delegate capacity.

All delegations and individual registrants interested in attending must submit an application, which includes a short essay on why they would like to attend the conference. Preregistered delegations do not need to submit this application for acceptance (further information will be sent to the preregistered advisors). Additionally, each delegation can register a maximum of 12 delegates to increase the number of delegations we can host. As a former  delegate at SMUNC, I recognize that this is far from ideal. We will do everything we can to support delegates and delegations interested in attending the conference.
More information about the conference can be found on our website. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,
Ethan Lee, Secretary-General
Zachary Gaber, Director-General

(Most recent update) Email sent on June 24, 2020:


To Whom It May Concern:

We hope that you are all well and safe during these uncertain times.

Our Director-General, Zachary Gaber, and I wanted to provide an update on the conference’s development. At this moment, it is unlikely that SMUNC can be held on campus in November given the University’s plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have received approval from Stanford’s administration for a remote conference. Representatives from the Secretariat and Directorate—as well as our parent organization, the Society for International Affairs at Stanford (SIAS)—are meeting with the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) and the Protection of Minor’s Office (PMO) regarding conference-specific expectations and standards including issues of security, integration, access, and conduct.

While the number of delegates we can host is still limited, we welcome international delegations to register. Moreover, SMUNC’s registration costs will be significantly less than those currently listed since some of the registration portal information has not yet been updated. We are unable to provide further information on pricing at this time, as the final costs will be based on a) the selected vendor as well as b) fees associated with the construction and implementation of University mandated features. In the spirit of increased accessibility, we hope to provide scholarships and/or financial aid to select participants. If your delegation is interested in attending SMUNC 2020, please fill out our emailed Google Form by Sunday, 06/28. The Google Form is designed to gather your input on proposed platforms and elements of the conference.

This is certainly not what we had expected during the initial planning of SMUNC 2020. Despite initial reservations, we believe that an online conference provides a unique opportunity to increase Model UN’s accessibility and diversity. Given Stanford’s location in the heart of Silicon Valley and the timing of our conference, we are uniquely positioned to embrace this digital challenge head-on. Thank you for your patience and consideration while working with us through these unprecedented times. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you have. We will be in touch and hope to host your delegation—albeit virtually—this fall.

Best Regards,
Ethan Lee, Secretary-General
Zachary Gaber, Director-General

Email sent on May 9th, 2020:


To Whom It May Concern:

I hope that you are all doing well and staying safe.

My name is Ethan Lee, and I am the Secretary-General of the 2020 Stanford Model United Nations Conference. Zachary Gaber, the Director-General, and I wanted to reach out to all of you with information on the Conference, which is scheduled to take place on campus this year from Friday, November 13th to Sunday, November 15th.

The Secretariat is committed to offering a unique and dynamic set of committees. In the spirit of Stanford's strengths at the intersection of policy, technology, and entrepreneurship, our theme for this year's conference is Leadership and Governance in a Changing World. We are excited to announce 17 simulations, ranging from standard United Nations committees—such as General Assemblies and the Security Council—to a wide array of specialized and crisis bodies.

Because of the uncertainty regarding our situation in November, we are unable to take payments now. We have, however, been authorized by the Stanford Office of Student Engagement (OSE) to continue planning the conference as usual and are currently processing delegations that preregister for the conference. Historically, SMUNC has generally held a no-refund policy. However, the Stanford Ticket Office (STO) grants refunds and extensions (for early registration) on a case by case basis and, if SMUNC is canceled due to COVID-19, will issue full refunds to all delegations. Further questions regarding registration that are not addressed on the STO portal should be directed to ticketorders@stanford.edu.

An on-campus conference in November would likely be limited to 650 domestic delegates and follow University and CDC health protocols. We have been notified by the OSE that the current limitation to domestic delegations may be subject to change in the future. Our staff is currently outlining the feasibility of an online SMUNC this year, and will reach out with further updates.

Please let us know if your delegation would consider this option or has any questions. We look forward to keeping you updated and wish you a nice weekend.

Best Regards,
Ethan Lee, Secretary-General
Zachary Gaber, Director-General