Yale MUN Korea 2017’s educational mission has three core values. Everything we do in our committees will contribute towards these three objectives.
1. Content: Delegates will gain a rigorous education in international relations by attending our conference. Well-written, well-researched topic guides and thoroughly prepared chairs that are truly passionate about their topics will lend participants powerful knowledge and the ability to pursue fascinating topics and subtopics. One of the biggest challenges in allowing delegates to become fully immersed in international relations education is the complicated nature of MUN procedure, especially for first-time delegates. For that reason this year we are launching a comprehensive Delegate Training Program. By taking part in this program, delegates are sure to get more out of their committee experience.
2. Lifelong Skills: MUN is for building lifelong skills. Firstly, it empowers young people to discuss prominent and pressing issues, and give them a real say in serious matters. Delegates will also practice skills that will prove useful in their future endeavors, including writing, public speaking, debate, teamwork, and problem-solving. A delegate will use all sides of their brain and the whole scope of their imagination to succeed at our conference. We are making Yale MUN Korea especially fruitful at building these skills through friendly, enthusiastic chairs that act as mentors and teachers rather than strictly as enforcers and moderators, and a procedure that allows for maximum individual growth.
3. Cross-Cultural Exchange: This part of our mission is very unique to Yale MUN Korea out of all MUN conferences, due to the high percentage of participating international delegates (>25% in 2016). In 2016 we had delegates from eleven different countries, including China, Jordan, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and India. Delegates will be involved with invaluable cross-cultural exchange by working together in committee, meeting one another through the delegate dinner and dance, and being able to collaborate in additional ways, such as at our secretariat-led workshops. Furthermore, our chairs are especially trained to accommodate and educate delegates of differing backgrounds.
Altogether, these three components comprise the educational mission of Yale MUN Korea 2017.
This year, Yale MUN Korea is launching an initiative to get chairs and delegates talking about systemic inequality, injustice, and violence. The following statement will be released to all Chairs and Vice-Chairs:
All Chairs are strongly encouraged to discuss the following angles with regards to their topic, regardless of what the topic is, both in the topic guide and in committee session with delegates:
*The role of gender and sexuality, and problems specific to women, genderqueer, and LGBTQ individuals
*The role of race and problems specific to underrepresented ethnic/racial minorities in the countries discussed
*How the topic intersects with economic problems and the impoverished, uneducated, or illiterate
*How the topic intersects with the destruction and preservation of the environment
While chairs are by no means required to discuss all or any of these angles, we believe that considering these angles will help educate delegates and provide for a more enriching committee experience.
Likewise, our training program as well as our chairs will be encouraging delegates to consider these angles in their debate and resolutions. This initiatives fits under this year’s conference theme, “Connections”. With intersectional committees, Yale MUN Korea will attempt to bridge the gap between the committee topics and historical and institutional inequity and inequality. Stay tuned for more updates regarding this exciting new angle.