With a greater focus on students learning from their peers, group discussions ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.
Students assemble in a classroom and discuss a current or past event in international relations. Participants take turns to speak for 1 minute each to deliver their thoughts and ideas.
The 1-minute speaking time limit offers an incentive to speak clearly, concisely, and persuasively in such a short time frame. The constant rotation of speakers allows for an extremely flexible and fruitful conversation between peers.
HSFSA chapters host Mini-Model UN committees to provide valuable practice opportunities to students already participating Model UN and an opportunity to try the activity out for those who are only starting.
Mini-MUN committees involve almost all aspects of a Model UN General Assembly. Students have the opportunity to practice making speeches in moderated caucuses, networking with delegates in unmoderated caucuses, writing resolutions, and more. Mini-MUN committees can help any MUN club with an HSFSA chapter keep its members ready for conferences!
An engaging and competitive way for students to combine persuasion, public-speaking, research, and critical-thinking skills while speaking about a topic they love.
HSFSA Group Debates require teamwork, quick thinking, and thorough understanding of the topic to emerge victorious.
Students are divided into two equal teams of 1-3 students: one against, and one for the topic covering current development in international relations. With only 10 minutes to prepare, they must use everything they have to win!
To provide students and chapter leaders with more frequent and more participatory means to share ideas, learn from each other, and practice the various skills involved in debate and Model UN, High School Foreign Service Association chapters host Group Debates, Discussions, and Mini-MUN committees. For details on organizing the following events, please take a look at the HSFSA Event Handbook.