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Model Debate Programs


Model Arab League

Since 1988, the Honors College has participated in the National University Model Arab League (NUMAL) conference, held in Washington, D.C., each spring. The league offers students an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills and to learn about the social, economic, cultural, and political issues facing leaders of the Arab world. Participation in MAL is valuable to students of all academic majors and nationalities as they gain valuable leadership training through public speaking and discussion, writing and editing, interpersonal relations, and cross-cultural dialogue. Delegates come away with practiced skills that will serve them well in their future endeavors. Interested students should contact Keri MyrickAdrian Castillo, or Ileagh MacIvers.

In fall, 2017, the Model Arab League team competed in their first-ever international competition. The Cairo International Model Arab League conference took place over Thanksgiving break, and the participants had much to be grateful for: The team collected a total of 11 awards.


Model G20

Model G20 (MG20) is an innovative program designed to fully simulate a G20 Leaders' Summit. Recognizing the G20’s influence in shaping today’s world, we seek to prepare future leaders to build a strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive global economy. MG20 helps students develop skills in multilateral negotiations, public speaking, team-building strategy, and diplomacy. A closer look at the inner workings and agenda of the G20 provides participants with a better understanding of the dynamics of international affairs, including such key issues as economic growth, job creation, migration, refugees, trade agreements, financial regulation, development, climate change, and others. For more information on MG20, please contact Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, or Keilly O'Reilly.

The fourth annual MG20 Summit took place virtually, hosted by the American University, in March 2021. The University of Houston delegation representing The World Health Organization took the top honor. 


Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is a program designated to educate students of all ages about becoming aware of current events, international relations, as well as being open-minded and respectful towards different cultures around the world. Model UN participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of how different countries cooperate with one another in order to put an end to world problems such as eliminating famine, protecting human rights, providing basic necessities of life, preventing or ending armed conflicts, as well as many others. For more information on MUN, please contact Adrian Castillo or David Hartman.


Model World Health Organization

Model W.H.O. is an authentic simulation of the World Health Assembly. Delegates assume the roles of various officials who attend the Assembly, including government ambassadors, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the healthcare industry, as well as members of the media.

In the midst of a global pandemic, the Honors College at the University of Houston established a Model World Health Organization team. The inaugural team competed in the American Model World Health Organization Conference hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The theme of the 2021 conference was Refugee and Migrant Health Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic. Over the course of the conference, delegates engage in debates and discussions with the goal of finding solutions to the theme. For more information on MWHO, please contact Adrian Castillo or Zeba Bhanji.


2021 – 2022 Conferences

Texas Model United Nations Regional Conference (TexMUN)
The Honors College at the University of Houston
February 3 – 6, 2022
Country Assignments: TBD

Bilateral Model Arab League Regional Conference (BIMAL)
The Honors College at the University of Houston
February 2022
Country Assignment: Algeria

National University Model Arab League (NUMAL)
Georgetown University
March 23 – 27, 2022
Country Assignment: Algeria

Annual Model G20 Summit
American University, School of International Studies
Washington, DC
Spring 2022

American Model World Health Organization (AMWHO)
Spring 2022