Welcome to the Crisis Simulation!

Crisis committees are fast-paced and embody a dynamic style of debate where delegates drive the committee. Delegates act as individuals or representatives who have to balance the fine line of the committee’s interests versus their own. Each committee is sure to have unexpected surprises at every turn—all due to your own actions!

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the thirty-sixth session of ILMUNC! The entire secretariat is thrilled to have you here. I will be serving as your Under Secretary General of Crisis Simulations, and it is my primary goal to ensure that you all have the best experience possible.

Crisis committees are challenging yet extremely rewarding. They encourage and push you to come up with innovative solutions on the spot, and the fast-paced, dynamic style of debate leaves you without a boring moment in committee. In a room with less than 15 people, you are going to be an essential part of how the simulation plays out. Even the best delegates find themselves in positions where they must learn from others and act spontaneously. That is one of the biggest reasons why I am so excited to be serving as a USG of crisis: every single delegate will grow from the experience as a delegate, creative thinker, public speaker, or leader.

I absolutely loved the one crisis committee that I was a part of in high school. I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis (about 30 minutes away from WashU), and I attended MUNUC (Chicago’s version of ILMUNC) as a delegate three times during my sophomore, junior, and senior years. At MUNUC, I soon learned how to transition from a delegate who raised his placard once in session, to a delegate who was constantly seeking a merger and additional ideas for a working paper. Model UN soon became one of my biggest activities in high school, and I served as the President of my school’s team and a part of the Secretariat of the St. Louis Area Model United Nations Conference. I learned a vast amount about how diplomacy and negotiation works with real world issue, and I have become a much more confident public speaker and leader from the conferences and my experiences, which lead me to want to be a part of ILMUNC in college.

I am currently a sophomore pursuing concentrations in Business Analytics and Finance in the Wharton School as well as Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Other than ILMUNC, I am involved with Intercol (Penn’s travel Model United Nations team) and the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club. I am very interested in the intersection between medicine and business and the global role it plays. Feel free to reach out or chat with me during conference whether Model UN related or not.

Going back to conference, the secretariat, senior staffers, and crisis staffers have been working tirelessly to make sure that every delegate has an amazing experience. Whether this be your first conference or your twelfth, I hope that each and every one of you come out of your committees as a stronger delegate and person. Challenge yourself. Persevere. Have fun. You get the most out of this experience by what you put in, and I can’t wait to see what you bring to conference in January! Reach out at any time with questions or comments and I look forward to meeting you all.

All the best,

Vinai Kumar

Under-Secretary-General, Crisis Simulations 
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

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Dear Delegates,

It is my honor to welcome you all to the Thirty Sixth Session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. Myself, alongside with the entire secretariat, is excited to have you here! It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the Under Secretary-General of Crisis Simulations this year. The crisis simulations will prove to be some of the most dynamic, unique, and captivating that ILMUNC has seen yet.

A little about me, I am currently a sophomore in the College of Arts in Sciences studying Economics and Chemistry with a minor in Statistics. Outside of serving as a Under-Secretary-General for ILMUNC 36, I participate in Intercol, Penn’s competitive traveling Model UN team, and consult for companies as a part of MUSE Consulting. I originally hail from West Windsor, NJ, a quiet town located about a hour north of Philadelphia. It was during high school that I was introduced to Model UN and right off the bat I was captivated by it, especially by crisis committees. Model UN provided me the perfect mix of international relations, collaboration, and excitement - a rare combination to find. Through Model UN I was able to transform from a shy freshman into a confident public speaker and leader. However, more importantly, it was Model UN that provided me with some of my closest friends and most memorable high school experiences. It was these high school memories that ILMUNC and Model UN provided me that pushed me to join ILMUNC once I arrived here at Penn.

Every crisis simulation will provide a distinctive and unique experience for each delegate. In these simulations, delegates are pushed to think in an innovative and creative manner and are able to see the direct consequences of their actions. Moreover, the fast and dynamic pace of these simulations will guarantee that there is never a dull moment in committee. Through a combination of outside-the-box thinking, collaboration, and quick thinking, every delegate will be engaged in solving unpredictable problems.

Whether this is our first conference or your tenth, ILMUNC will provide to be an unforgettable four days where you will be able to immerse yourself in the world of Model UN and pick up invaluable skills along the process. I hope every single one of you become a stronger and more confident individual after this conference. The ILMUNC XXXVI Staff has been working tirelessly to make sure that every delegate has the best possible experience that they can have and I can’t wait to meet all of you in January. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Best Regards,

Vishesh Shah

Under-Secretary-General, Crisis Simulations 
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference