Novice 2nd Continental Congress
Novice 2nd Continental Congress
Chair: Benjamin Lee
Crisis Director: Zain Khalifeh
Committee Type: Single Delegate
Letter from your Chair
Welcome to BruinMUN 2019! My name is Benjamin Lee and I am thrilled to be serving as your Chair for the Second Continental Congress! I am a fourth year Political Science major and Film and Television minor. Other than Model United Nations, I serve as the Sponsorship Director for Bruin Racing and formerly served as the Director of Team Green at UCLA, an organization that promotes sustainability through events, workshops, and On Campus Housing policy review. Aside from those extracurriculars, I can also be found crying in a corner whenever the Dodgers lose the World Series, playing Smash Bros. Ultimate, taking naps at the Sculpture Garden, or attempting to play basketball.
My involvement in Model United Nations began six years ago when I founded my high school’s Model United Nations team. Going from a small Model United Nations program created with a few friends to one of the largest collegiate Model United Nations has been an amazing experience, and I am grateful for the friends and memories I have made on the way. I have had the opportunity to compete with UCLA’s travel team at conferences such as Harvard’s HNMUN and NYU’s NYUMUNC, and staff conferences such as PACMUN in Honolulu and PRIMUN in Tokyo. Most recently, I had the privilege of serving as the Secretary General for BruinMUN 2018 with your Crisis Director Zain as the Under-Secretary of Crisis. We are excited to spend our last BruinMUN hosting a committee for you!
The Second Continental Congress will explore how what was essentially a de facto national government took on what was once the largest military power in the world. As delegates, you will have the opportunity to debate from the perspective of a Founding Father and work towards the common goal of achieving independence from the British. Through crisis, you will also have the opportunity to elevate your own standing in the hopefully soon-to-be-formed new nation, and advance the personal goals of your character. As Chair, I will be holding all of you accountable for advancing what is in the best of the colonies. Through your preparation and critical thinking during times of crises in committee, I am certain that each of you will leave BruinMUN 2019 a better delegate than before you came in.
Our committee will begin with a presentation and demonstration for how to be a delegate in a crisis committee, so do not be worried if this is your first one! Please do not hesitate to reach out to Zain or myself if you have any questions about this topic, BruinMUN 2019, or the college experience at UCLA. I wish you the best of luck in your preparation, and look forward to meeting each of you this November!
Benjamin Lee | Chair
Letter from your Crisis Director
I am thrilled to welcome you to the Second Continental Congress committee at BruinMUN 2019! My name is Zain Khalifeh, and it is my honor to serve as your Crisis Director during the committee. I am a fourth year biochemistry student pursuing a career in medicine and public health policy. When I am not hitting the books, I tend to devote the rest of my time to my various extracurriculars. Other than Model United Nations, I serve on the board of the American Chemical Society branch at UCLA as well as the UMMA Volunteer Project, which puts on health screenings and teaches preventative health education at elementary schools in South L.A. Whenever I have a few minutes to myself, I can usually be found napping in an awkward corner of campus, rewatching the Office, practicing the violin, playing Smash Bros. Ultimate, or streaming the Lakers game.
I have been involved in Model United Nations since freshman year of high school, and I am grateful for the countless friends and unforgettable memories it has given me. Although I was primarily a General Assembly or Specialized Body delegate in high school, I had the opportunity to transition into Crisis at UCLA and have not looked back since. I have competed with UCLA’s MUN travel team at conferences like Harvard’s HNMUN, Berkeley’s UCBMUN, and Columbia’s CMUNNY. Additionally, I had the honor of serving as the Under-Secretary of Crisis at BruinMUN 2018 with your chair Ben as the Secretary General. We are very excited to conclude our BruinMUN careers with this committee.
The United States has an incredibly rich history, and the American Revolution is an intriguing part of that history. After studying American revolution throughout your schooling, this committee gives you the opportunity to play the role of a Founding Father and achieve independence from the British Empire. When preparing for the committee, take into account the economic and political factors that sparked the American Revolution in the first place. Crisis gives us the opportunity to deviate from the path of history and find a better way. As your Crisis Director, it is my responsibility to set obstacles before you. These challenges will not always be easy, and I will be holding you accountable through frequent committee updates. However, with enough research and critical thinking, I am sure you will all do well.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you might have about this background guide, our conference, or college life at UCLA in general. I wish you the best of luck in your research, and look forward to meeting all of you this November!
Zain Khalifeh | Crisis Director