Advisor FAQ

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What makes GWCIA different from other conferences?

GWCIA is the longest-running Model United Nations conference specifically for middle schoolers in the Washington D.C. area. Because of the conference’s long history of excellence in providing a forum for debate and discussion, we have attracted thousands of students from hundreds of schools all across the east coast over the past twenty years. Not only does the conference’s unique location in the heart of Washington D.C. place students directly in the center of the action, but also allows for the opportunity for attendees to experience a college campus and learn from distinguished policymakers and scholars. GWCIA prides itself on its consistent commitment to meeting the needs of both delegates and advisors, and is constantly inventing ways to create the best conference experience possible.

Who runs GWCIA?

GWCIA is completely run by George Washington University students who are members of the University’s International Affairs Society. The staff is comprised of all interests, majors, and grade levels, and is hand-picked based on past experience and ability to further the conference’s vision of creating an engaging learning environment. Many members of the George Washington University competitive collegiate Model UN team also participate in staffing the conference and are ready and willing to share their expertise with delegates.

When is GWCIA this year?

GWCIA will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at the GW Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

What do advisors get to do during committee sessions?

Advisors will be provided with their very own faculty lounge, fully equipped with refreshments, WiFi, conference materials, and staffers to meet your every need. Advisors are welcome to visit committees and observe students as long as they are not disruptive to committee. This year, GWCIA is planning a Model UN Advising workshop just for teachers that will happen during the conference, so stay tuned for more information!

What is a dual delegation committee?

 A dual or double delegation committee means that there are two students who work as partners to represent one country or position. These committees can be especially helpful for students with little or no Model UN experience who would prefer to have a friend help them in committee. All of our International Bodies are dual delegation.

How are committees and positions assigned?

Committees are assigned based on preference as indicated on the registration form, but are also first-come first-serve. Registering as early as possible is your best chance to get a spot in the committees you want. Positions/countries within the committees are assigned by the Secretariat and cannot be chosen during registration. We do our best to ensure that positions are assigned fairly among all schools, but we again recommend registering early to ensure the best placement in committees.

What is a background guide, and where can I find it?

A background guide is a comprehensive guide to the committee and its topic written by the Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Crisis Director. Each committee will have a background guide uploaded to their section’s page by early September. Background guides should be used as the first point of research for delegates and will provide insight into the committee’s goals, questions to consider, and helpful resources.

What is a position paper, and why do delegates have to write one?

You can find a comprehensive explanation of position papers here. Position papers are extremely helpful in preparing for a conference and can help guide research, encourage understanding of a country’s position, and can even be used in debate. This year, we encourage students to turn in a position paper (one per position), as many chairs use them to identify delegates who have gone above and beyond in preparing for the conference.

What kind of awards does GWCIA give?

While GWCIA is mainly focused on education and skill development, we like to recognize those students who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have stood out in their research, debate, and critical thinking skills. We give honorable mentions, outstanding delegate, and best delegate awards, with the number of each varying per committee size. GWCIA does not give school/delegation awards.

How much does GWCIA cost?

You can find more information on registration and payment here.

What are the GWCIA Dress Code Guidelines?

All clothing must adhere to guidelines that portray professionalism and modesty. If a delegate’s attire is deemed inappropriate by GWCIA staff, the delegate will be asked to leave the session and return with appropriate attire. Standard delegate attire for the Conference is professional business attire: business jacket, slacks/skirt, business dress, dress shirt (with tie for men), and dress shoes.

Faculty advisors/team leaders, guests, and volunteer staff serve as role models for delegates. Thus, they are required to dress in Western business attire while participating in scheduled Conference sessions.

More information can be found here.

Is there a resource available to help me plan trip logistics, transportation, or lodging?

Yes! Our Director of Conference Relations, Shule Chen, is here to help you with absolutely anything you may need to help you attend GWCIA, from travel to registration to parking. Feel free to contact her at