Chair: Kristie Valerie Hoang
USG: Benjamin Lee
Topic A: Ensuring journalists’ Rights
Topic B: Promoting Cultural Awareness of Minorities
Committee Type: Dual Delegation
It’s my greatest pleasure to welcome you to BruinMUN. My name is Kristie-Valerie Hoang, and I will be your chair for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization at this year’s conference.
I am currently a sophomore here at UCLA, pursuing a double major Human Biology and Society and Political Science. I’m a SoCal native, hailing from Huntington Beach. Outside MUN, I am the Assistant Photo Editor for the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s newspaper.
We live in a period where ‘fake news’ runs rampant from our President’s mouth, and a time where minority groups have built their solid foundation in the United States, but have yet to find their piece in the American quilt. Both these topics hit both my passions for journalism and First Amendment rights, and my own struggle with my Vietnamese-American identity since coming to UCLA. I urge you to examine these issues and be cognisant of the current world that we live in - there are no perfect resolutions, but there are impossible resolutions.
Keeping these thoughts in mind, I am thrilled to hear the plethora of perspective and spirited debates on these topics. UNESCO is a particularly large general assembly - debate will be swift and fast-paced in order to properly explore the depth and complexity of these topics.
If you have any questions about the background guide, the committee, or anything in general, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you in committee this upcoming November.
Best of luck, Kristie-Valerie Hoang
Chair, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization BruinMUN 2017