YUNMUN XXX: Letter From the Secretary General
Dear Distinguished Delegate,
It is with tremendous excitement that I, along with the Yeshiva University Office of Admissions, commend you on being chosen to represent your school as a delegate to the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations XXX. Over the years, YUNMUN has become the eagerly anticipated academic event of the year, with more than 400 delegates from around the world attending. I look forward to greeting you at the conference, and seeing all of the hard work from the year being shared.
My name is Moriyah (Mori) Schick, and I am so excited to be serving as your Secretary General this year! I’m from West Hempstead, NY and went to Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) before taking a gap year to study in Migdal Oz in Israel. Now a senior at Stern College for Women, I’m majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. I was privileged to be a delegate at YUNMUN for all four years of high school, and for two years as staff, making this my seventh year at YUNMUN!
I find that the greatest takeaway from YUNMUN is the broadening of our intellectual horizons. Delegates are often given the opportunity to present and defend a country’s position that they are personally uncomfortable with, and learn about the cultural, governmental and historical background foundational to the country’s worldview. The nuanced understanding of such a background helps give us a fresh perspective on how governments have formed their policies, and now interact on the world stage. It is of utmost importance to respect the complexity of the topics, and work towards the meaningful solutions they deserve. This work begins with your research, and will be highlighted in your contributions at the conference.
As our perspectives on the world develop over time, we gain the skills necessary to navigate tension inherent to sensitive topics. Recognizing the points of view of many different nations, while being personally guided by the Torah helps us grow into Jews who can interact meaningfully in the world. Through your participation in YUNMUN you will have the opportunity to develop research, diplomatic, public speaking skills and more that will launch a lifetime involvement of engagement with the world.
I wish you the best of luck in your preparation and research, and encourage you to maximize the insight that your teachers, peers and chairs can provide. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions that you have at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to welcoming you to the YUNMUN XXX community in February, and witnessing the realization of your forthcoming efforts