Letter to Stakeholders from the CEO of GIRA

Dear Stakeholders,

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 2017-18 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 long-term relations with programs in countries such as China, India, and South Korea.

This year, GIRA will work to build upon forty-eight 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, for the 2017-2018 year GIRA is expanding its international mission developing new partnerships with programs in new locations such as Bangladesh. Then, in Summer 2018, GIRA will co-host the inaugural NAIMUN-China conference held in western Chinese city of Chengdu. These new programs will ensure GIRA is best placed to continue pursuing new means to fulfill its mission on a global scale.

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.

Best regards,

Brendan Keenan
Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors
ceo@modelun.org