Dear Prospective Delegates and Advisors,
It is with great excitement and pleasure that we invite you to join us at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Secondary School Model United Nations Conference! UMassMUN XVII will take place March 9th to March 11th, 2018 in Amherst, MA at the UMass Hotel and Conference Center, located in the center of the Commonwealth’s flagship campus.
Hosted and staffed by the UMass International Relations Club, the goal of UMassMUN is to bring our delegates together into an environment that fosters creative thinking and open-mindedness in debate. We strive to provide a unique, exciting, and challenging experience with each conference in order to foster communication and public speaking skills, test critical thinking, and proliferate knowledge of international relations. Our committees are designed to present delegates with multi-faceted international issues ranging from political and social movements to crypto currencies and organized crime. We work to keep them in touch with the state of our globalized world
It is our distinct pleasure to announce the theme of UMassMUN XVII will be Justice and Equality. In a world where the many are suffering the consequences from the actions of the few it is important to turn our topics of discussion to those experiencing hardship throughout the world. At our conference, we hope to generate discussion and simulate potential resolutions in our committees on: universal broadband and net neutrality, human trafficking, referenda around the world, the Rohingya Crisis, the Opioid Crisis, Bitcoin, space colonization, World War I, and our newest addition: a Joint Crisis focusing on the East China Sea. We are very excited to roll out our first joint crisis this year with our most experienced staff yet. The Joint Crisis will consist of five separate cabinet rooms from different countries (Taiwan, China, United States, North Korea, and South Korea) with vested interest in the East China Sea. These cabinets will react in real time to crises and create multilateral diplomatic directives in order to keep the never-ending brinksmanship of the region under control.
UMassMUN XVII also strives to provide its delegates and advisers with a professional and enjoyable conference setting. An opening reception is provided for both delegates and their advisors, and numerous social events including a dance and trivia take place on Saturday evening. Together, the experiences in and out of committee make UMassMUN one of the premier high school Model United Nations conferences in the Northeast.
We look forward to seeing you in March!
UMass MUN XVII Secretariat