Crisis Director: Tasneem Ahmed
This crisis committee is based on the classic book “The Swiss Family Robinson,” the story of a family shipwrecked and forced to survive on an uninhabited island with limited resources and their own skills to keep them alive. In committee, delegates will represent shipwrecked survivors who work to create a livable environment and community on the island. They will have to make decisions about a provisional government, allocation and use of resources, and response to emergencies on the island.
Tasneem Ahmed is a junior majoring in International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. This will be her sixth year doing Model UN and she is looking forward to seeing delegates in-person this year.
Crisis Director: Maya Trujillo
Prince Rogers Nelson was an idol for millions, recognized as His Royal Badness–Prince. The conflicts between his progressive music and the nation’s conservative politics will yield fruitful and dramatic committee sessions. Delegates will begin committee as Prince’s career takes flight. Starting the committee in January 1982, Prince begins recording his album 1999. We have selected this period as it predates some of Prince’s most influential songs: “Little Red Corvette,” “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Raspberry Beret.” We will encourage delegates to use this opportunity to re-write or completely change some of Prince’s top hits, all the while advancing their own agendas — in this historical crisis committee, delegates will reshape Prince’s legacy. With the hope to emphasize discussion around international policy, weapons containment, civil rights, and self expression, the committee must face the new world they create after the death of the Prince of Funk
My name is Maya Trujillo and I am a sophomore at Emory University studying Human Health. Im currently on a pre-medical track working in emergency medicine, cardiomyopathy research, and Emory’s MUN travel team. Despite being from Seattle, Washington, I’m enjoying the sunny days in Atlanta, Georgia. I love Model UN because it’s a great opportunity to practice speech and strategy with a community of like-minded nerds. I hope to bring a challenging committee that expands delegates’ confidence to this year’s MUNE XI conference.
Crisis Director: Corinne Phillips
Hi everyone! My name is Corinne Phillips and I am a second year studying International Relations and French Studies here at Emory. I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama and joined EIRA my freshman year of college. Since then I have competed at several collegiate conferences as a member of the travel team, served as a co-chair for MUNE X, and served as an assistant crisis director for ENMUNC III. In addition to MUN, I enjoy advocating for students’ issues as a legislator in SGA & College Council and creating support systems for my first-year residents as a sophomore advisor. In my spare time, you can find me making niche Spotify playlists and procrastinating.
My committee will be centered around the legendary composer-lyricist duo Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein during the golden age of broadway (roughly 1943 to mid 1960's). Rodgers and Hammerstein are best known for their trailblazing ability to seamlessly blend different aspects of lyricism, dance, drama, and social commentary together. They’re also known for their groundbreaking ability to integrate songs and dances into the plot of their shows, a technique that had never been seen before. Some of their most well known musicals include Oklahoma (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), Sound of Music (1959), and Cinderella (which was officially brought to broadway in 2013 but was first adapted in 1957). The committee will be made up of investors, producers, directors, peer composers/lyricists, famed broadway stars, with the opportunity to extend to activists of various issues or politicians. Since many of their most renowned musicals gave social commentary on controversial topics at the time, such as racism, sexism, and classism, integrating social activists and politicians into the committee can widen its scope to include larger geopolitical issues. The committee will start after the groundbreaking success of Oklahoma, the quintessential golden age musical. With newfound attention and support, Rodgers and Hammerstein must figure out what to create next, how they deal with obstacles such as funding and advertising, and what messages to put out amidst an ever changing world. Thus, delegates will be given the chance to rewrite history as they influence Rodgers and Hammerstein, and ultimately the world.
Crisis Director: Eliza Jones
Hi! My name is Eliza Jones and I am a Second Year majoring in Human Health! I am a part of Emory’s Travel Model UN team but when I'm not working on our high school conference, ENMUNC, you can find me playing soccer with the women's club team or playing Sims! The Sims 4 is one of my favorite games especially during the pandemic when life stopped. I’m excited to work on this save (sims slang) with you guys and enter the magic of The Sims 4.
The Sims 4 is the most recent edition of the 23 year old simulation game where you play as a character, you build them a house, you choose what they wear, and give them a career and build skills through various tasks. Delegates will represent the famous townies of Sims 4 neighborhoods like Willow Creek, Brindleton Bay, or Stardom Valley. They will all have to work together to pass N.A.Ps (Neighborhood Action Plans), and develop personal skills and create financial gain through various economic endeavors. There could be vampires, werewolves, aliens, or perhaps a secret government lab, its up to the delegates to decide where they want to take The Sims 4 real.
Crisis Director: Anish (Max) Bagga
Welcome to Model United Nations at Emory (MUNE) and The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Committee. My name is Max Bagga, and I am excited to be your crisis director! To begin with a little about myself, I was born in Albany, New York (lived there for about a week), and after about ten different moves, I ended up spending most of my childhood in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. I am a senior pursuing a degree in math and computer science; however, I am pre-med and intend on attending medical school.
My experience with MUN has been one of the best decisions I have made while at Emory. As you all are aware, the bonds you have and will form at conferences are like no other, and I hope that throughout all this chaos, each of you can form connections not only within your school but also with other delegates. I hope to give you all the chance to enjoy learning about the great sport that is MMA, but also some of the monumental social, cultural, and political impacts the sport has had, which is something I will point out in the committee. At the end, I will decide which side performed better and the winning side will receive three gavels and the losing side three outstanding! The nuances of the new format will be detailed in the background guide and I look forward to seeing everyone in committee!
Crisis Director: Alex Moss
Welcome delegates! My name is Alex Moss and I’m a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia studying Political Science and History. I’m super excited to be exploring this very often overlooked conflict and its intersections with the Cold War, colonialism, and the role of the United Nations as an intervener. Through EIRA, I’ve traveled and served as Assistant Crisis Director for MUNE X’s Ad-Hoc and as Director-General for ENMUNC III. Outside of MUN, I enjoy singing and am a member of Emory’s Concert Choir and an a cappella group on campus. I enjoy going for drives and, when at home, playing with my three dogs. I’m also an advocate for all things Atlanta including sweet tea, lemon pepper wings, and the Braves.
The weight of colonial oppression weighs heavy across Africa, especially in the newly independent Republic of the Congo. Earning their independence in the wake of the Léopoldville Riots, many of the details of the new state were not established and its relationship with its former colonizer, the Kingdom of Belgium, was not defined. In the wake of increasing tensions between the remaining white settlers and the Congolese, Belgium deployed troops into the Congo, officially to protect their citizens but also in defense of their material interest in the country’s vast mineral wealth. The intervention only further fanned flames of fear and instability, leaving the government in a position where it essentially cannot govern nor administer much of the country. Furthermore, the provinces of Katanga and South Kasai which account for approximately 40% of the state’s revenue have declared their independence with the assistance of Belgian mining companies. It is on July 12, 1960 that the Congolese government asked the United Nations for assistance in the rapidly deteriorating situation. The Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld has called the Security Council as well as a number of observer states with interests and connections to the conflict to come together and respond to this call for assistance. Against the backdrop of the growing Cold War and as one of the first independent states in Africa, much rests on the future of the Congo from geopolitical, ideological, and humanitarian perspectives.ool but also with other delegates.
In this committee, knowledge about the topic and attention to the topic, both in directives and crisis notes, are highly valued. This committee is open to alternate history, but realism is expected. It is recommended that delegates do some research on their country positions and about the conflict before the first committee session.
Chair: Daisy Cossio Garcia
Welcome, and thank you for considering MUNE as one of your travel conferences for the year! My name is Daisy Cossio García, and I will be your crisis director for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): Addressing Quality and Cultural Responsibilities in Education General Assembly Committee.
A bit about myself, I am a current Sophomore at Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences, double majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Quantitative Science with a focus on Architecture. I am proudly from the south side of Chicago and am a first-generation Mexican-American and college student. I have been competing in ModelUn Conferences since last year, my first year at Emory. Apart from MUN, I love music of all genres (recently, Reggaeton has been playing nonstop for me) and play multiple instruments. I also enjoy going to the gym and playing volleyball and softball on the weekends.
I am excited to see how this committee proposes resolutions to address educational issues worldwide and encourage creative, outside-the-box solutions. In this committee, we will tackle how many nations can come together to improve public education systems. Questions we will try to tackle include: What responsibility does the public education systems have to address cultural differences? Should it be expected for nations to send their students to Western educational systems for higher education? Should western powers be involved in low and middle-income countries' academic development? What responsibility for each nation has to prompt educational systems, address child labor and child neglect, and make rapid scientific and educational progress in every country? This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about educational systems worldwide and the more significant impact these systems have outside the classroom.
Chair: Naeman Mahmood
Hello everyone! I am Naeman Mahmood, your Chair for the Rebuilding a Divided Kingdom - The House of Commons Against the World.
I am currently a Junior at Emory University studying Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. While originally from Raleigh, North Carolina I am proud to call Atlanta my home. This will be my third time being a Crisis Director/Chair and my fifth time staffing a committee!
This committee will be starting in 2016, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Delegates will be Members of Parliament, creating their own bills dealing with issues like EU laws, freedom of movement/goods, and sovereignty of the United Kingdom. In the real world, this led to 3 years of political turmoil, a hung parliament, and a Prime Minister ousted in tears. In this committee, delegates will try to avoid that with creative solutions to issues like the Irish border, concessions with parties to get majority support, and deals to ensure stability. Brexit has caused calamities to the British economy, can their new Withdrawal Agreement prevent that?
In the second topic, delegates will be debating solutions the 2022 Cost of Living Crisis, which was started by Brexit, but compounded by COVID-19, the Ukrainian War, and Liz Truss's mini-budget. Delegates will have to tackle austerity, inflation, and come up with solutions to make the UK a resilient economy to weather future depressions. Will delegates be able to make the UK a resilient economy in the face of these challenges?