Michigan State University International Relations Organization, also known as IRO, is a competitive collegiate Model United Nations organization that participates in conferences around the continent. We are an undergraduate student organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and recognition of global issues through debate and discussion. Members need not be scholars of history, communication, political theory or international relations to be a part of the group. Instead, IRO members are those interested in and dedicated to exchange of ideas and the betterment of our world. The organization’s ongoing mission has been to build a competitive organization worthy of national recognition. With success in the nation’s elite conferences, in cities such as Boston, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Montreal and Chicago, the organization has joined the ranks of the country’s most elite Model United Nations programs.
IRO has a long and impressive history. Founded in 1979, IRO has grown into an excellent large-delegation Model United Nations team, continuing to win awards across the country. In fact, IRO is one of the largest and most successful Model UN groups in the nation!
Over its 40-year history, IRO has been one of Michigan State’s largest and most competitive clubs. IRO even inspired the creation of Michigan State’s own conference for high school students, MSUMUN, which was formed in 2001. IRO prides itself on its large, inclusive and close-knit membership. Past and current members can affirm that IRO has had a profound impact on them, helping them develop a keen awareness of foreign affairs while having a great time doing so! With membership going strong and decades of competition ahead, the future looks bright for IRO and its dedicated model UNers!