Global Classrooms: Washington, DC Model UN Conference


Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) is implemented by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and is a part of a worldwide initiative of the United Nations Association of the USA to bring Model UN into urban public schools. Using special curricular materials, up-to-date online and print resources, and comprehensive support and training for participating teachers, GCDC brings this experience to DC metropolitan area public schools in dynamic ways. The result of these initiatives has enabled the program to successfully work with DC public middle and high schools in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). GCDC was implemented in more than 80 schools, reaching over 2,500 students and 100 teachers in the 2011-2012 school year. For information on the 2014 Global Classrooms: DC Model UN Conference will be held April 29, 2014, please visit the UNA-NCA page below:

Visit the official Global Classrooms DC page.

Through the program, middle and high school students and teachers in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area participate in year-round activities that help them understand the global system, increase their knowledge of other cultures and traditions, improve their ability to think analytically and creatively, and tackle global problems and issues collectively. Participating students learn to interact civilly and productively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

Utilizing the wealth of resources available in the nation's capital, Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) looks forward to continuing to promote global awareness and an interest in international affairs in our partner schools.

Key GC: DC Activities

Professional Development Workshops:
Give participating teachers an overview of the program, Model United Nations, and an introduction to the United Nations' goals and activities.

In-class Model UN Sessions:
Provide classroom support throughout the year from GCDC staff and Model UN volunteers from local universities in implementing the GCDC curriculum.

Model UN Training & Conferences allow students to apply what they have learned, develop their conflict resolution skills, and role-play as foreign ambassadors.

Volunteer Program:
Make foreign affairs real for GCDC students by drawing upon the wealth of personnel resources available in the government and NGO community in DC.

Field Trips:
Bring students to embassies and government institutions in the DC area, making the city the students' classroom.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses students at the 2009 UNA-USA Global Classrooms: Washington, DC Model UN Conference

Quick Facts about the Global Classrooms Program


  • Established in 2003;
  • United Nations Association of the National Capital Area has worked with UNA-USA to implement the program locally;
  • Serving 80 schools in the Washington D.C. area;
  • University students from American University, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University have volunteered annually to serve as members of the Model UN conference staff.

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