Raj Dhage

Building on the tremendous success of Nuha Hamid during her two terms as Secretary General, AmeriMUNC has experienced a rise in academic achievement, student involvement, conference prominence, and registration demand. Today, I’m proud to present the 5 Year Strategic Plan for the American University Model United Nations Conference, AmeriMUNC X. 

In spring 2018, we welcomed the sixth secretariat to take AmeriMUNC even higher. With impressive credentials, incredible energy, and extensive connections, they are the right leaders, at the right time, to leverage AmeriMUNC’s existing strengths into new arenas. The simulation is vibrant, and the conference is thriving. We have just launched AmeriMUNC Multilingual, with French and Spanish language committees for the first time ever. And The Washington International Relations Conference has been completely rebranded by the first secretariat in the conference’s history. We are the closest we’ve ever come to eliminating the gap between WAMUNC and AmeriMUNC in our organization’s history. 

While we have seen great success though, I know that each and every one of us are hungry to do more. So what do we do next? To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable. This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it.

This is a critical time for Model United Nations and for AmeriMUNC. The very activity of Model UN is at a crossroads.

With bustling committees of three-hundred and more delegates — NIAMUN, WAMUNC, BMUN, HMUN, and the like — are defined by not how much diplomacy they produce but instead by how many delegates they register. I believe that it is AmeriMUNC’s mission to counter these “money before MUN” conferences by realizing the original intent of model United Nations. This starts by doubling down on our core promise to cap crisis committees at twenty delegates and general assemblies at forty delegations. But more importantly, this continues by prioritizing simulations that empower individual delegates to enter into political, social, cultural, and economic dialogue about tough issues — where there aren’t always clear and straight answers — around the world. By measuring success by delegate experience,  

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