Before SMUNC

Pre-Conference Documents

Paperwork, along with instructions for submissions, has been emailed to advisors. All forms must be carefully reviewed and completed for delegations and delegates to participate in the conference.

Last year's forms:

Photo Release Form

Delegate Code of Conduct

Liability Waiver (for every delegate)

** (New) Medical Information Form

Additionally, SMUNC requests that schools provide basic information about their delegates to comply with policies established by the University. Further instructions regarding this will be communicated to all advisors through email.

Major Conference Dates

Early Registration: deadline August 31. $26 per delegation,  $26 per delegate (includes processing fee)
Standard Registration: deadline September 15. $28 per delegation, $28 per delegate (includes processing fee)
Late Registration: deadline October 1. $30 per delegation, $30 per delegate (includes processing fee)
Committee Assignment Release Date: October
Position Papers Due: Saturday, November 7th
SMUNC: November 12-15, 2020

Hotel Information

Because the conference is being held virtually this year, there is no negotiated rate with hotels.

Delegate Handbook

The delegate handbook is available to download here along with the Delegate Code of Conduct.

Position paper instructions can be found on page 5 of the handbook. In short, position papers should roughly follow this format: (1) statement of the problem as the delegate’s country sees it; (2) past action of the delegate’s country on this issue; (3) potential solutions. Position papers should be at minimum one page per topic. They should have 1-1.15 spacing with 1 inch margins aligned to the left hand side of the page. The upper left-hand corner should include the delegate’s position; their school/delegation; the committee name; and the topic they are addressing.

As Stanford’s motto “the winds of freedom blow” illustrates, we believe that the freedom to discuss politics and international relations is crucial to maintaining an open and pluralistic society. Therefore, many of our committees will tackle many sensitive issues head on.

However, SMUNC is dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all students. If any delegates feel uncomfortable with any issue in committee, they should notify their Chair and/or the Secretariat. We will work to resolve the issue and may involve advisors or the Stanford administrator at the Office of Student Engagement (OSE).

Position Papers

Position papers for all committees will be due in November. Delegates should email their position papers as a PDF directly to their chair and include their committee name, delegation name, and their committee position.

Delegates are required to write position papers in order to be eligible for awards. Late position papers will be accepted, however may detract from a delegate’s overall committee score. SMUNC prefers delegates to submit a position paper late than none at all.

Technology Policy

Located in Silicon Valley, Stanford believes in the positive power of technology. We believe that our conference is uniquely poised to embrace this digital challenge head-on.

Our conference has partnered with Gatherly, an online conferencing platform which allows delegates to seamlessly move around a 2-dimensional space to initiate interpersonal interactions. Gatherly is best described as a blend of traditional video conferencing and club penguin. Gatherly can only be accessed through Google Chrome. No downloads are required.

Please contact us with any accessibility concerns.

Contact Us

For questions about conference logistics, please email us at For questions about registration and payment process, please contact the Stanford Ticket Office directly.

Committee assignments will be sent out by the second week of October, with background guides following shortly thereafter.

SMUNC is run by the Society for International Affairs at Stanford, a recognized University student organization. You can find the contact information of the Associate Dean & Director of Student Activities and Leadership on the OSE website

At the Conference

Conference Schedule

Please note that this  schedule is subject to change due to last-minute public health developments. You will be notified immediately of any changes to the schedule during the conference. All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time.

Wednesday, November 11
Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, November 12
(Optional) Conversation with
LTG. (Ret.) H.R. McMaster
11:30am - 12:30pm

(Optional) Conversation with
Congressman Ted W. Lieu
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Committee Session #1
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Friday, November 13

Committee Session #2
5:45pm – 6:45pm

6:45pm - 7:30pm

Committee Session #3
7:45pm - 8:30pm

Advisor Meeting #1
8:00pm - 8:30pm

Saturday, November 14
Head Delegate Reception
9:00am - 10:00am

Committee Session #4
10:00am - 11:45am

11:45am - 2:45pm

(Optional) College Panel
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Committee Session #5
2:45pm - 4:00pm

Advisor Meeting #2
2:45pm – 3:15pm

4:00pm – 6:30pm

Committee Session #6
6:30 - 8:00pm

Cardinal Scholar Reception
8:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday, November 15
Committee Session #7
8:30am – 9:45am

Closing Ceremonies
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Campus Locations