Chair: Linnea Shapter
Topic A: Healthcare and Welfare for Elderly Persons
Topic B: Development of Disenfranchised and Impoverished Communities
Committee Type: Dual Delegation
Letter from the Chair
My name is Linnea Shapter and, as your chair, I am very pleased to welcome you to Novice SOCHUM for BruinMUN 2016! First, I would like to tell you a bit about myself and my experience with Model United Nations.I am currently a third-year History major at UCLA with minors in Geography and English. Apart from studying and doing MUN, I am also involved in Cru, a Christian ministry at UCLA. I was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and largely due to living so close to Washington, D. C., I developed a strong interest in politics and foreign policy early on. Unfortunately, I was not involved in my high school’s Model UN program, which was not very strong and died out by my senior year. My first real exposure to MUN came during my senior year of high school when I took an international relations course formatted according to an MUN curriculum. Although I never competed as a high schooler, I learned to research global issues, develop solutions, and present resolutions and I completely loved it! When I attended freshman orientation at UCLA a little less than a year later and saw the MUN table, I immediately wrote my name down on the email list, attended the general meeting during the first week of classes, and, before I knew it, found myself staffing BruinMUN for the first time. During my freshman year in MUN, I stayed behind the scenes, serving as a logistics staffer for both BruinMUN and LAMUN, our annual college conference. It was not until my sophomore year that I was really integrated into MUN, serving as the Director of the World Health Organization for BruinMUN and as a crisis staffer for LAMUN. Additionally, I competed as a travel team delegate for the first time at UC Berkeley's college conference. That was one of the scariest, most invigorating weekends of my life and I luckily had the great members of this club to take me under their wing. So do not worry about being in a “novice” committee—as you can see, you all have far more MUN experience than I ever did at your age and I am incredibly excited to learn along with you at BruinMUN! It is my hope that these topics are of great interest to you -- if not now, then I hope you learn to love them as much as I do! As a geography minor who is particularly interested in urban geography, I really enjoy studying the economic and social discrepancies between different urban communities and the many possible ways to improve the lives of those living in disenfranchised communities. As far as the second topic is concerned, I thought elderly welfare would be a unique topic that many other MUN committees may not be covering. Emphasis frequently seems to be placed on the equally important issue of child welfare so I thought it would be cool to give the elderly of the world some much-deserved attention! Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions—I am always more than happy to help an aspiring MUN-er. Otherwise, work hard and have fun preparing. I look forward to seeing you in committee.
Linnea Shapter ︱Chair of Novice SOCHUM
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