YUNMUN XXXI: Letter From the Co-Secretary General

Dear Esteemed Delegates, 

It is with great excitement and elation that we, along with the Yeshiva University Office of Admissions, congratulate you on being chosen to represent your schools from across the country for Yeshiva University National Model United Nations XXXI! This year’s conference will be groundbreaking in many respects, the first of which being that for the first time ever there will be two Secretaries General this year, and here they are:

My name is Yonatan Raskin, and I am thrilled to be your Secretary General for YUNMUN XXXI! I’m from West Orange, New Jersey (and no, that's not right next to Teaneck) and went to Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School. I spent my gap year at Yeshivat Sha’alvim and am currently in my final year at YU majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business. I am a Head RA, Managing Editor of the YU Clarion and hope to be in law school next year! 

I know it’s crazy that there are two introductions this year, but we saved the best for last-  my name is Brooke Ratner and I am super pumped to make history with y’all with our first ever virtual conference! Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I went to the Atlanta Jewish Academy for High School and then spent my gap year at Tiferet. Currently a Senior at the Sy Syms School of Business, I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Finance. I cannot wait to meet you all and witness the rigorous debate and tremendous growth this conference encourages each year. 

While we know that none of you are strangers to Zoom, we will all be experiencing YUNMUN XXXI fully online together for the first time. Fortunately, the preparation required before the conference and the highly important topics being addressed during are as real as ever. To minimize Zoom-fatigue and make sure the positions being taken and policies being made can be respected, there will only be one topic this year. Revised procedure will be available soon to accommodate the shifting setting and time restraints. 

With over 400 delegates taking part in YUNMUN each year, the leaders of tomorrow are forged during the discussions of today. In any normal year, YUNMUN is an incredible opportunity to take part in, but even more so in the situation that we find ourselves in today. In a world where people are forced to stand far apart physically, we are privileged to have the ability to connect with one another intellectually and join together to celebrate a common interest. And who knows? WHO just might create the cure for COVID-19 by the time we finish up the conference. 

While this year will be one of a kind the three core elements of YUNMUN remain strong and true: Diplomacy, character, and public speaking. Through this conference we will broaden our intellectual horizons, find fresh perspectives, and work slowly but surely toward mutually beneficial solutions to the issues we discuss.  

We wish you the best of luck in your research and can’t wait to welcome you all to the most unique YUNMUN conference yet. 

Let the games begin! 

Brooke Ratner and Yonatan Raskin
Co-Secretaries General