In January of 2020, I chaired a committee at the American University Model United Nations Conference. The committee consisted of around 40 high school students, simulating the debate process of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA-TCP). In preparation for the debate, I co-authored a comprehensive background guide surrounding the topic, published by the American University International Relations Society. That background guide can be viewed below.
Looking back on this, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to approach Model United Nations from the other side of the dais. Throughout high school I competed in various MUN conferences at universities around the world, and saw the true work and dedication that goes into making such an event. Being able to chair this committee at my own university’s conference allowed me the chance to master the subject being debated by my committee members, and moderate the discussion in a fair and equitable manner.