TUSMUNC I, Ursuline’s first Junior Model United Nations Conference that took place on November 17, 2018, was an absolute success. Eighty delegates debated issues in 4 Committees: Roman Senate, Security Council, The Lorax, Captain America:Civil War representing fictional universes as well as real world examples of division and reconciliation. Thank you to The Louise Este Bruce Foundation for their sponsorship of this inaugural Middle School Conference at Ursuline.
At the Opening Ceremonies, guest speaker Ken DeLuca shared his experiences as a lawyer in Afghanistan. He told of learning how to respect other cultures and values in order to reconcile differences between peoples. His words underscored the message that junior Stella Banino gave in her welcome address as Secretary General of TUSMUNC I. Ken is pictured above with the Secretariat and the Committee leaders.
Stella spoke of the vital importance of listening as a leadership trait. She said, “The theme of this year’s conference is Division and Reconciliation. As Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” As you go forward and debate today, keep that in mind: as important as it is to speak up and fight for what you believe in, it is possibly more important to be open to the ideas and opinions of others. . . Leadership isn’t about accomplishing some great feat with the help of loyal followers. It’s about listening to those around you and giving them the wings they need to soar. . . These committees span a wide range of times and places, all have been wracked by the kind of division we see in the world around us, and none of these conflicts have been adequately resolved. Therefore, it is up to you to fight for peace with a firm resolve, to affect the kind of change that this world needs, and to take action to heal this divided global community. This is your responsibility; good luck, delegates.”
The delegates took that message to heart as they spent the rest of the day in committee sessions, listening and following parliamentary procedure. Afternoon action at TUSMUNC I included numerous new solutions as well as challenges posed by the Crisis Committees.
The Security Council Committee voted to give aid to North Korea in order to stop riots. The Roman Senate Committee was cheered by the plebs upon the dissolution of the Senate. Captain America Committee was told that in another country people were being harmed but the government was not allowing the Avengers to help. The Lorax Committee agreed to establish effective trade and stabilize environmental protections. The delegates are commended for how they worked together. They learned a lot to go forward as active world citizens!