COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION

Soc-Hum is a General Assembly subcommittee dedicated to examining humanitarian issues and finding solutions for them. Our topics cover a wide spectrum of global issues, from women’s rights to water accessibility to censorship and free speech. Our committee is composed of around 80 people, a happy medium for those unsure about choosing between a small committee and a large committee. With 80 delegates, SocHum allows members of the committee to actively voice their own opinion while still hearing a variety of opinions from other delegates. If you are looking for a place to debate issues that impact everyday people worldwide in a medium-sized setting, look no further.

2019-2020 TOPICS

  1. Transnational Organized Crime
  2. Access to Education
  3. Reproductive Rights

SocHum Topic Descriptions 2019-2020

RESOURCES & SAMPLE DOCUMENTS

Social and Humanitarian Committee Sample Research Paper

SocHum Country Matrix Cover Page

SocHum Country Matrix

 

OFFICER BIOS

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

 

Hi delegates! My name is Ria Naidu and I am thrilled to be serving as your SocHum A chair this year! I’m a senior at Montgomery High School, and this is my third and final year in MUN.

 

What is the best thing about your committee?

 

My favorite aspect about SocHum is the encouraging atmosphere. People are always respectful of each other despite a wide array of opinions, and by the time conference is over, nearly every delegate in the room has written or received a character development award.

 

What advice do you have for new delegates?

Don’t be afraid to author a resolution! Having multiple people author a resolution with you makes speaking much less daunting because it makes you feel like you aren’t alone, and it’s also a great way to conquer any fears you may have of public speaking. There are plenty of new delegates with the same thoughts as you, including me my first year, so try not to hold yourself back!

 

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

 

My favorite MUN experience was last year when I authored a resolution. I wrote majority of the resolution, but many parts of it were vague, so I was asked a lot of questions. I was surprised by how kind people were being even though I knew my resolution could have been much stronger, and after a while speaking in front of everyone felt natural to me because everyone was so supportive. That was also the first time I received a character development award, so it was really special moment for me.

 

What other activities do you do?

 

In addition to MUN, I’m a board member for the NJ Youth and Government club and the Forensics Speech and Debate club in my school. I’ve played tennis for nine years and I also play for the school team.

 

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

 

A fun fact about me is that I was on TV during the USA vs. France game for the Women’s World Cup this past summer! Countries I would love to visit are Greece and Australia. Friends, The Office and How I Met Your Mother are my go-to TV shows.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

 

I’m always happy to help you out in any way possible, so feel free to reach out to me with any questions or worries you may have! I can’t wait to see you all and get to know everyone better at conference!

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

Hi! My name is Tiffany Kumar, and I’m a senior from the Community YMCA delegation. I’m humbled to be serving as Chair of the Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee B for my sixth and final year in the program.

 

What is the best thing about your committee?

I have always loved the people I meet in SocHum. From freshman year, I’ve never felt self-conscious, and I’ve never felt unwelcome. If the fact that we are the committee with the reputation for having the most character development awards is any indication, the people I have connected with have really embodied the values of the YMCA. The connections I have made remain to be some of the most valuable friendships I have. These are truly a remarkable group of people.

 

What advice do you have for new delegates?

Don’t be afraid! I promise, many people are just as nervous as you are. Conference weekend may be one that impacts you for the rest of your life, please don’t let it pass you by. Get the most out of every second, don’t let fear hold you back.

 

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

There was a younger delegate from my school that I had the pleasure of being in committee with. She was very nervous and had her heart set on barely speaking. However, with encouragement, she gave her first speech. The other delegates in SocHum wrote her CDAs, and continued to be encouraging. She began to speak more and more, and discovered and gift and love of public speaking. Now, seeing her every day in school, it’s like she’s a different person. Her confidence and energy have grown so much.

 

What other activities do you do?

Outside of MUN and it’s sister program, YAG, I spend most of my time doing musical theatre. I also watch The Office a lot!

 

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

I have a dog named Olaf, after the snowman!

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

I can’t wait to meet all of you at conference. Good luck, delegates. I know you will go farther than you ever believed.

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

Hello everyone! I’m Justin Anderson and I am currently a sophomore at Westfield High School. This is my second year in Model UN and I am honored to be serving as your Social, Humanitarian and Cultural C chair!

 

What is the best thing about your committee?

Although I may be a little biased, I truly believe that SocHum is one of the best committees that you can be a part of! This group of delegates is large enough to foster engaging debate but still small enough to still have everyone’s voice heard. The SocHum family is known to be one of the most welcoming committees filled with the most love and positive energy. We debate issues that are sensitive topics for many people and can foster really engaging debate.

 

What advice do you have for new delegates?

My advice to new delegates is the same advice that I’m sure everyone has heard thousands of times: don’t be afraid to speak up! Everyone says it for a reason! Just remember, you’re not the only new delegate in the room and everyone’s looking to make new friends. This program has so much to offer and I encourage everyone to take advantage of those opportunities!

 

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

My favorite Model UN memory was when my first resolution was passed. I was really nervous coming into conference since I didn’t know much about the program, but once I made a few friends who I wrote a resolution with, I felt at home and grew to love this program more and more as the weekend went on.

 

What other activities do you do?

Outside on MUN, and the closely related NJ Youth and Government program, I play tennis and am part of my school’s Student Government Association and French Club.

 

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

One fun fact about me is that I’m a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I also love to ski in winter, my favorite season. I’ve been to Europe twice in the past and, one day, I would love to go to France and Italy!

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am so excited to see everyone at conference!