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Dawson College opened its doors in 1969 as the first English-language college in Quebec’s network of public CEGEPs (preparing students for further academic education and for immediate employment), and is today among the largest colleges in Quebec. Dawson College is aware of its responsibility to contribute to the intellectual, economic and social development of our society.

The Dawson College Model United Nations (DCMUN) was founded in 2009. It has become the largest extracurricular academic activity at Dawson College by far. DCMUN provides students with opportunities for personal growth and international political awareness through training and participation in Model United Nations conferences in Quebec, in Canada and around the world. 

DCMUN held its first conference in 2010 which evolved into the Montreal United Nations Conference (MUNC). The rapidly growing MUNC is notably the only Model UN conference in eastern Canada with a division for secondary school and college students and a division for university students. MUNC strives for what it considers an "authentic" Model UN experience, one focused on the United Nations and its committees, as well as real-world issues and concerns. DCMUN and MUNC are committed to being open organizations, with substantial involvement of Dawson College and DCMUN alumni as well as welcoming students from other institutions as organizers as well as participants.