Ursuline’s second annual Model United Nations Conference, TUSMUNC II, on November 16, 2019 was another absolute success! Sixty delegates from Ursuline, Fieldston School and Maplewood Middle School debated issues around the theme “Out of the Ashes: Reconstruction after Conflict.” Delegates assumed the roles of diplomats representing countries and engaged in debate using the rules of parliamentary procedure. They prepared for the conference by writing position papers. Then, in teams they drafted resolutions and presented them in a public forum. The Ursuline middle school team, JMUN, is pictured here.
The four committees at TUSMUNC II represented fictional universes and historical situations: Ad Hoc NYC, Ragnarok – A World Aflame, Crisis in Burkina Faso - 1987, and America After the Revolution. The middle school delegates passed directives and carried motions. The NYC Committee faced a crisis when the power went out at the Empire State Building, and they elected a new mayor. The Burkina Faso 1987 Committee created a national constitution. At the Ragnarok Committee, delegates advised survivors of the apocalypse how to build a new civilization. The America After the Revolution delegates debated whether to repay debts to France.
A new, fifth group, was called Press Corps. These delegates had the chance to be journalists; they reported news from other committees while advancing their own news company.
Undersecretary General Lorelei Wolf ‘20 offered an enthusiastic welcome to delegates. She remarked on the dedication and passion of the high school Ursuline Model U.N. (“MUN”) team members who planned and ran this conference. She said, “We all decided that MUN means more to us than just meetings every Thursday and a conference here and there. It means more to us than just debating politics for the day and then going home to forget about them. To us, MUN is a way to engage as a global citizen, to exercise your creative energy and create exciting possibilities, whether it be through your interpretation of a delegation or by your choice of committee to run. Our enthusiasm truly knows no bounds. I can honestly say that I don’t know any other group of people who would spend hours helping one another research and think up solutions to, say, the crisis in Burkina Faso, for instance. But that is exactly what we do, and I am inspired daily by the commitment I see my friends pour into this club.” The high school MUN leadership team is pictured here: the Secretariat, Crisis Team, and Committee Chairs.
Lorelei introduced the keynote speaker, Alexandria Sedlak, Ursuline Class of 2014. Alex is “an Ursuline alum who not only participated in MUN for all four years of her high school career but who dedicated her life after high school to pursue the ideals fostered by her global awareness.
She attended Fordham University and helped found the college’s own Model UN club and host their first conferences (which we attended and loved!). Honing her interests, she studied public health and policies at Columbia University, and went on to law school at Hofstra University, pursuing a career in health law and human rights law. During the summer of 2018, Alex interned at the United Nations.” Alex charged the delegates to embrace the moment and realize that, as future advocates, they do have the potential to change the world. Alex is pictured here with Principal Rosemary Beirne.
Joining for the morning was Magdalen Gaynor ‘71 representing the Louise Este Bruce Foundation who has generously funded Ursuline’s Model United Nations Middle School Conference program.
Each Model U.N. conference chooses a specific charity as a fundraising focus. At TUSMUNC II, the amazing young people donated $339 to the charity Tunnels to Towers.
Learn more about this middle school conference at https://www.tusmunc.org/