Letter to Stakeholders from the CEO of GIRA
Welcome to the website of the Georgetown International Relations Association (GIRA), Inc.—a student run non-profit dedicated to promoting youth education in international affairs. GIRA was founded in 1969 to promote a higher conception of international relations among students. In the years since our founding, we have provided opportunities for thousands of high school and college students to develop their acumen and passion for international affairs. In the 2018-19 year, we expect to continue to provide and enhance these opportunities and forums while expanding our programming.
As the core of its mission, GIRA hosts two Model United Nations conferences: the National Collegiate Security Conference for college students and the North American Invitation Model United Nations for high school students. NCSC and NAIMUN have undergone tremendous growth since their founding and both have become top-rated conferences in their respective circuits while maintaining their commitment to substance and quality. We look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence during our conferences in October and February, respectively.
In addition to hosting premier Model UN conferences, GIRA also facilitates other programs that fulfill its mission. GIRA partners with our sister organization, the Georgetown International Relations Club to facilitate events and opportunities for the general IRC membership. Through the GIRA Global Generation Grant Program, GIRA has facilitated numerous projects developed by Georgetown students to promote the same values of international service that drive our own organization. Further, through partnerships with international organizations, GIRA facilitates opportunities for Georgetown students to travel and teach abroad and looks forward to continuing its long-term relations with the organizations that help it to do so.
This year, GIRA will work to build upon forty-nine years of success, expanding our presence on the Georgetown University campus, in the Washington metropolitan area, and internationally. The organization will further expand its commitment to youth education in international affairs through expanded outreach with schools and nonprofits in the Washington metropolitan area, the formation of new international partnerships abroad and the further development of its online presence. Of particular note, in Summer 2019 GIRA will co-host the second annual NAIMUN China conference held in western Chinese city of Chengdu. This program, among many others, will ensure GIRA is best placed to continue pursuing new means to fulfill its mission on a global scale. This summer will also see the second annual NATO Security Simulation held in Warsaw, Poland. We are also excited to announce the first annual NCSC Singapore and NAIMUN Southeast Asia, held in cooperation with international partners.
Ultimately, the success of any organization depends on its ability to respond to the concerns of its Stakeholders. In that spirit, I encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns about our activities. We thank you for your continued support.
Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors