The William & Mary International Relations Club is one of the largest student organizations at the College. Founded on November 5th, 1931 as a forum to debate and discuss international relations, the club has since grown substantially.
Our mission is to further a better understanding of international affairs and international relations for its membership and for the College community as a whole. We do this through our renowned Model United Nations program, hosting international relations professionals and academics as guest lecturers, service in the Williamsburg community, educating high school and middle school students about international affairs, and fundraising initiatives for international non-governmental organizations. Of course, as a student organization we also set aside some time to relax with an array of events: socials, IM sports, tab nights, and plenty of cookouts.
The Club works closely with the International Relations Program and the Reves Center at the College to promote the study and enjoyment of international affairs. W&M has a higher proportion of students studying abroad than any other public university: 44% as of 2012.
The IRC Fellows speaker series has helped bring professionals and academics such as Robert Keohane, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Counselor Thomas Shannon to enrich the William & Mary dialogue. Our social events, from tailgates to intramural sports, are great outlets from the College’s academic life. Our club members are active members of the William & Mary community, and we are consistently fortunate to have their aid in staffing all three of our conferences and participating on our competitive MUN team.
In addition, our Model UN work is globally ranked. The WMIRC travel team competes on the collegiate circuit, where we’re known as some of the smartest – and nicest – delegates. In Williamsburg, we host thousands of students annually at our conferences. In addition to WMHSMUN, the club hosts the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations (WMIDMUN) and the William & Mary Intercollegiate Model United Nations (&MUN).