YUNMUN XXXIV: Letter from the Secretary General




Dear Esteemed Delegate, 

On behalf of myself and the Yeshiva University Office of Admissions, I welcome you to what will hopefully be the most amazing Model UN yet. I congratulate each and every one of you on having the opportunity and honor to represent your school at YUNMUN XXXIV this winter. YUNMUN is one of the most highly anticipated events of the academic calendar, with more than 400 delegates worldwide joining together to discuss challenging, controversial issues facing the global community. I look forward to meeting you and know that your dedication and drive will not only ensure your own success, but also the success of the conference as a whole.

My name is Shayna Kahane, and I am beyond excited to be serving as your Secretary General this year! I am from Memphis TN (and yes I have heard the “ten I see” pickup line more times that I can count) and went to the Margolin Hebrew Academy for elementary, middle and high school. After high school I spent a year and a half in Israel at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY). After sem, I began attending Stern, and plan to graduate this spring with a degree in Political Science. This year will actually be my 7th YUNMUN conference in the past 8 years!

In my past 7 YUNMUN conferences I have had the chance to see the amazing, unparalleled experience that YUNMUN offers to its delegates. YUNMUN is unique in the way that it models the complexity and intensity of international diplomacy, while bringing together people who are passionate, intelligent, and dedicated to making the world a better place. YUNMUN encourages collaboration and creativity, and allows one to broaden his or her intellectual horizons by using constructive discourse to craft practical solutions. It is up to each and every one of you, to make the most of your YUNMUN experience. Through your participation in YUNMUN you will have the opportunity to develop research, public speaking skills, and put yourself on the path to a lifetime of involvement and global engagement. By learning about the cultural, governmental, and historical backgrounds that are foundational to your country’s worldview, you will develop a nuanced understanding of international policies and foreign affairs. 

Respect for the subject matter as well as for your chairs, faculty advisors, and fellow delegates, is crucial to the YUNMUN experience. It is those who truly take the time and effort to cultivate their delegation’s position, and are willing to work with others, that will ultimately be successful. Together we will learn the importance of adapting to the dynamic circumstances of debate, negotiating favorable solutions, and forming effective coalitions. In doing so, we will grow into Jews who can interact respectfully and meaningfully in the world.

Many of the YUNMUN staff – myself included– regard YUNMUN as one of their most cherished growth experiences, whether that be as chairs of their respective committees or as a delegate themselves. This conference will allow you the opportunity to connect with them, to look to them as role models, and to build connections that can last a lifetime. Beyond just helping you carve through your topics and crisis, the YUNMUN staff are diverse examples of Jewish leadership who you can learn from and hopefully one day join.

I wish you the best of luck in your research and preparation for this year’s conference, and strongly encourage you to maximize the insight that your faculty advisors, peers and chairs can provide. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions, and take every opportunity to grow in your knowledge. I cannot wait to welcome you to the conference, to witness the culmination of all your hard work, and to celebrate all of your successes.

Shayna Kahane

Secretary General