What is SCSY?

YIRA’s premier college Model UN conference, the Specialized & Crisis Simulation at Yale (SCSY) brings undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to Yale’s campus in the fall for a weekend of intense debate and discussion. Since 1977, when the first SCSY took place with only two committees, this crisis-based conference has risen to fame thanks to its innovative take on major historical,  fantastical, and current events.

Now, for the first time ever, SCSY will also be offering two Specialized Committees for delegates to participate in. Retaining the same quality of debate as all other committees, they are set apart by their non-crisis environment that fosters deeper thought and thorough solutions.

Unique Crises

The committee structure of SCSY is what makes it truly stand out. Almost all committees at this conference are based around a crisis, fictional or real-life, which delegates must respond to over the course of the simulation. Past crises have included:

  • The Ukrainian Crisis of 2014-2015

  • The Salem Witch Trials

  • The Harry Potter Universe

The Chairs and Crisis Directors work meticulously to build an immersive and interactive world with tweet storms, real-time video updates and visitors. SCSY challenges delegates to think in innovative ways to tackle new and unpredictable challenges.

Social Life

SCSY makes your weekend worthwhile. From Club Night and Lounge Night to Karaoke Jam, SCSY'S events have received rave reviews from our delegates. Come to meet new colleagues both around the committee table and the dance floor. This year, we are also introducing a set of academic panels hosted by grad students. Stay tuned!

Get Involved

There are a number of ways to join SCSY for a fast-paced and exciting experience running either a conference or a crisis committee. Currently applications for both Crisis Directors and Assistant Secretaries General (ASGs) are open and can be found below. No Model UN experience is necessary, just an interest in international affairs and leadership in times of crisis.

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