Student at Model UN competition.

The Model United Nations program at California State University Maritime Academy offers students the opportunity to learn about global issues and international politics in a fun and interactive team environment. Our Cal Maritime MUN team exemplifies learning by doing by applying what they learn in the classroom to real world issues that affect us all.

Model UN simulations engage hundreds of thousands of students each year, helping them to learn more about the principles of the UN and how it functions. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts – including at the UN itself – participated in Model UN as students.

Cal Maritime's MUN program creates a space where all students – regardless of their major –can come together, get involved, and build lasting friendships. Students who participate in MUN gain essential life skills like the following:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision making
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship skills
  • Team and rapport building
  • Conflict resolution

Cal Maritime's MUN team competes at conferences up and down the West Coast during the the fall and spring semesters. All majors are welcome to join. Contact Professor Chris Chiego at or (707)654-1148 if you are interested in joining the team (or enrolling in the Model UN class). Check out some highlights from previous competitions below. 

Congratulations to our members who won awards at UC-Berkeley's BayMUN in March 2023!

Our members also competed at UC-Berkeley's UCBMUN conference earlier in March 2023.

Lina Green, President of the Cal Maritime MUN Team, raises a placard during the 2022 UCB MUN conference.

Dr. Chris Chiego (left) talks with cadets during an unmoderated caucus in Dr. Chiego's Model United Nations class.

Jack Jester representing Czechia speaks at a Model United Nations class simulation while Santiago Del Rio, representing Spain, listens.

The Cal Maritime Model United Nations team members pose for a photograph at UC Santa Barbara at the 2022 Santa Barbara Intercollegiate MUN.

Cadets in the Model United Nations class discuss nuclear disarmament during an unmoderated conference during a Model UN class simulation.

Students on the Cal Maritime Model United Nations team laugh during a meeting at the 2023 TrojanMUN in Los Angeles.


Dr. Chris Chiego
Assistant Professor, International Strategy and Security
Model UN Faculty Advisor