Diplomatic discourse, respectful negotiation, drama and fun were in session all day at TUSMUNCIII, Ursuline’s third annual Model United Nations Middle School Conference on November 21, 2020. The Ursuline Junior Model United Nations club was joined by New York delegations from St. Ann’s School and Ethical Culture Fieldston School. However, this year the virtual format enabled delegates to also join from across the country – we were happy to welcome Brentwood School (Los Angeles) for the first time.
The theme for TUSMUNC III was A New Dawn. As described on the website created by Ursuline students, in each committee delegates experienced their respective worlds being brought to a turning point. In the Aftermath of the First Wizarding War crisis committee, set in the magical world of Harry Potter, the delegates needed to help reform the British Ministry of Magic. The NFL Owners Committee tackled three issues plaguing the National Football League today, namely, players’ freedom of expression, international expansion, and gender equality. In the third committee, fringe militant groups, nuclear weapons, and an exiled president all crashed together to add up to a hostile Yemen Crisis.
Faced with such scenarios, the Ursuline Secretariat implored delegates to ask themselves how much they (and those they speak for) were willing to leave in the past and how they would ensure that a step forward into a new future didn't leave anyone behind. Secretaries General Maeve ’21 and Cecilia ’21 emphasized the importance of compromise. Undersecretary of Internal Affairs Nicole ’21 said, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, make new friends, and learn new skills.”
Delegates certainly demonstrated their growing diplomatic abilities as they proposed directives, drafted resolutions, and engaged in debate using the rules of parliamentary procedure. This year, they also used Google Docs, Slack, and breakout rooms in Zoom. The Press Corps delegates interviewed delegates on the other committees and wrote up articles.
This outstanding event is created and run by Ursuline’s high school MUNers with support from faculty moderators Mrs. Patel and Mrs. Doherty. Special thanks to the Louise Este Bruce Foundation for their continued support of TUSMUNC.