• Crisis Simulations | General Assembly| FCMUN



    Marwa Mikati '17

    Running For: President

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position:

    1. I have already been serving as the MUN President which means I know the dynamics of the executive board very well. I also am very informed about each other position on the board which allows me to hold everyone including myself accountable for our duties.

    2. I am a seasoned delegate on the circuit, so I do a lot of travel. This allows me to offer help during conference preparation both in terms of content and logistics. It also means that I have formed relationships with team leaders at other colleges. That's very important for our networking for conference selections and committee preferences.

    3. Other than being a leader in the MUN club, I am also a member. This means that I am able to see the needs of members from the perspective of those who are not on the executive board. I am also very keen to people's feedback and I ask people about their opinions on how we're performing all the time.


    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position:

    Firstly, I would like to continue working on our team spirit which we started this semester. The MUN mentorship program, the sweaters, and finally getting pins are all top priorities for next year. This is the first year it's felt like a family to be on MUN, and I hope we continue to harness that energy for the future.

    Secondly, I would like to work along with the trainers and head delegates on getting a delegation award. We are very close and capable of doing that, and it seems that with sufficient training, we will be able to get a delegation award easily.

    Lastly, I would like to increase the visibility of our club on campus. This is already happening with the office of communications blog, and I hope we can increase that even more especially with better rankings. This will hopefully lead us to get more support from the school.

    Edith Amoafoa-Smart '19

    Running For: Vice President

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position:

    1. I bring with me years of leadership experience and organization management skills that i would love to serve our wonderful Model United Nations Club with. I served as the Senior Prefect in my High School, which happens to be ranked #1, back home in Ghana. As part of my daily duties, i interacted with about 2000 very different and highly opinionated girls, and so i've been exposed to the different character dynamics that can exist within a big group and am confident that i will be able to act as a neutral third-party as and when the situation begs it. I also worked with a team of 54 prefects to run the school, and team playing is another vital tool i learnt, that will be highly useful in discharging my duties.

    2. I enjoy writing and working with written work. I have begun work as a SAW (Speaking, Arguing, Writing) mentor on campus, and it is a job that exposes me to the amazing written intellectual work of the campus community. I work with theses, speaking presentations, research papers and a host of similarly related stuff. In the very recent FCMUN, i was Crisis Director for the UN Women committee, and had a very detailed and very comprehensive background guide, that delegates, my staffers and the USGs of Committees can attest to. Working weekly on background guides for our Sunday simulations fits snugly in my capability zone, therefore, and it would be an honor to serve in this capacity.

    3. I also believe i am well-suited for the logistical aspect of this job description. Just a few weeks ago, i served as logistics staff on the Global Classrooms International Middle School Model UN Conference, which happens to be the world's largest middle school conference, and is run by college students together with UNA-USA. I executed my assigned duties with diligence and have been called back to serve on the Secretariat for the organization of the conference in subsequent years. Managing such a large conference, has left me with skills that posit me as highly-qualified for this position. I am again confident, that i will serve our wonderful club well in this position.




    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position:

    1. I plan on adding my personal creative touch to the weekly background guides i will be charged with preparing for Sunday simulations, to create the drama MUN is known for and to consequently draw out the highly competitive and innovative skills i know we are blessed with in the club.

    2. With the major networks i'm building through the big conferences i have staffed and will be staffing, i plan on helping to open up similar opportunities to club members as and when they come my way. I believe such exposure is not only good for our future plans and endeavors, but also for us as a team, in learning from the ways that other conferences are planned and the ways that other delegates represent themselves in committee.

    3. I plan on assisting the President with increasing club membership. Ours is a dynamic club, ever changing and ever adapting. I will work, not only with the President on increasing club membership, but also with other board members, like Events and Outreach to find ways of swelling our club, and drawing many more smart and wonderful Mount Holyoke minds into our family. I believe that this will not only strengthen the team if we have a lot more talent to learn from, but will also strengthen our presence and outstanding reputation on the MUN collegiate circuit

    Shannon Mikeal '19

    Running For: Vice President, Treasurer

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position:


    1. I am a very organized and detail oriented person. . I love to plan, organize, and structure which makes me excellent at keeping thorough notes, sticking to a budget or schedule, and leading group activities.

    2. I have previous experience with MUN leadership. I worked as assistant crisis trainer this semester and chaired a committee for FCMUN. I learned so much about MUN and effective organization from these positions and I'm eager to apply that knowledge.

    3. I have experience with scheduling, keeping records, taking notes, and organizing activities. For four years I volunteered at my local library leading and organizing children's activities. My experiences there taught me how to make flexible, yet thorough plans, how to work with a small budget, and how to successfully resolve conflicts.

    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position:


    My goals as Vice President would be to:
    1. Provide support, encouragement, and conflict resolution to keep the club functioning as a pleasant, coordinated unit.

    2. Make simulations as interesting and dynamic as possible.

    3. Take concise, thorough notes at each meeting and organize them into a system for future reference.

    My goals as Treasurer would be to:
    1. Keep a well organized business ledger containing all the details regarding the club's budget, expenses, resources, and monetary needs.

    2. Collaborate with the board and Events and Outreach Coordinators to utilize the club's budget in a well allocated manner and to find novel ways of fund-raising and saving money.

    3. Work closely with the MHC business office to ensure the processes of applying for funding and undergoing audits go as smoothly as possible.

    Shaye McDonald '17

    Running For: GA Trainer

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position:


    1. I was the Assistant GA head trainer this past semester, therefore I already know the logistics behind being a trainer and I have had the opportunity to identify what areas need improvement.

    2. I have been to two conferences this semester, one GA and one Crisis. Already having experienced HNMUN I know first hand about what is required to perform well.

    3. I am a trained Peer mentor and I believe this is a quality that a GA trainer needs to ensure that the team feels motivated and equipped especially after a hard committee session.


    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position:

    1. I would really like to get the team more practice time with five college members so they get a better idea of how competitive a conference can be. Possibly at least three times a semester. I know the other clubs want to improve on their skills and this would be a good way to sharpen ours.

    2. Secondly, I want to implement training sessions that strengthens research, speaking and writing skills so we have a better idea of what the strengths and weaknesses are of each member. Once identified, we could make pair that person with a member that best compliments them. Have them play off each others strengths and weaknesses so that they know how it feels to work in a double-delegate committee, but also that they can learn from the other member and improve on the skill that they feel is lacking. The pair could also serve as each other mun mentor in addition to the big/little pairing we already have going on.

    3. Thirdly, while this is ambitious, I would really like for us to dominate at the two GA conferences we attend each year. We have an amazing team, and if we train well enough I believe that this is possible.

    Kimberly Foreiter '19

    Running For: Crisis Trainer

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position: 


    1. I have attended 4 conferences this past year (Yale, Upenn, Harvard, & NYU). I participated in crisis committee's in 3 of those conferences. I really do feel like I have the experiences from both competitive and training conferences alike to be able to properly train delegates before a conference.

    2. I really do care about this team more than anything here at Mt. Holyoke. Being the team-player that I am I really do value communication so much when it comes to ensuring that everyone is doing their best while also having fun.

    3. I have served on the e-board as the events and outreach chair and I feel that having served this whole semester I am aware of the dynamics necessary to practice cohesiveness and responsibility when dealing with logistical as well as training matters.


    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position: 


    1. Team cohesiveness
    2. Increased Communication
    3. Increased team spirit.

    Phoebe Long '19

    Running For: Events & Outreach Coordinator

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position: 


    1. I'm an active member of MUN with excellent attendance and I have attended a conference each semester


    2. I have experience from being on/president of Student Council for 3 years so I know how to plan and work with people. Part of my job was making a lot of events happen such as our annual Gala, tailgating, and school bonding.


    3. I love MUN and I want to become more involved


    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position: 


    1. Continue/implement team bonding exercises like team dinners, parties (ahem mixers), and a movie night.


    2. Strengthen our general presence with MUN member in focus, updates on current team happenings (like our sunday simulations) and keep up the apparel tradition.


    3. Have big/littles again in the fall with events centered around them

    Maham Khan '19

    Running For: Events & Outreach Coordinator

     Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position: 


    1. Having previously served as the President of the Model UN club in High School and as the Secretary General of my school's MUN Conference, I have developed good management and organizational skills that are fit for this position.

    2. Love for leadership. Having served as a leader or President of various clubs or Class Boards in High School, I feel that I can do justice to this post by organizing leadership under myself.

    3. Passionate about involvement in MUNs. Because I am extremely passionate and borderline obsessive about MUNs, involvement in the club in any form will be enough to keep me happy and sane :)



    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position: 


    1. Increasing participation and involvement of new members in the club especially to make them feel comfortable and to be easily approached as the board (I noticed that the intimidating nature of MUNs sometimes deters people from showing their true potential so making them comfortable and the senior members of club easily accessible should be goal 1.)

    2. Organizing events well. Literally, that is one goal. Doing justice to the events that we do arrange. They should be creative and should aim at bringing the club together. (No one likes sucky events, so organizing them well should be a challenge that I will hopefully live up to.)

    3. Increase the popularity of the club throughout campus. I noticed this semester that most people who wanted to do MUNs never go the chance to, or felt that they couldn't because they were rising juniors or seniors. Changing that and making the club accessible to every one on campus will help us discover more talents.Arranging all campus events might help (although I don't know how feasible the club thinks that will be.)

    Jaemarie Solyst '19

    Running For: Web Manager

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position: 


    1. I have extensive experience with web and social media management - particularly from being a student leader and organizer in a club in high school, as well as in an internship this Fall semester when I managed social media pages and did events outreach.

    2. I am very organized and careful with anything I handle, and I get my work in on time. If something is my responsibility, I make sure to have it done.

    3. And lastly, I am committed to attending MHC MUN, and I hope to grow as an involved member of the organization. Being an engaged member, I prioritize my duties to MUN.


    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position: 


    1. I would update information frequently, keeping it easy to navigate. This would allow people to smoothly read about MUN with current information.

    2. I look to keep organization as a key aspect of the position. The information and attendance tracking would be fulfilled in an organized, timely manner.

    3. I would be open to also helping other members if I can. I really care about those I work with, and if my job is fulfilled, I would be looking to help anyone else.

    Camila Kaplunov '19

    Running For: Web Manager & Events and Outreach Coordinator

    Please list/explain the top 3 reasons why you are qualified for this position: 


    I love talking to people and planning fun events for prospective munies (made that up, haha) to make them feel comfortable within the MUN Community, and then want to join full on!! I was the president of my high schools speech and debate team where I oversaw all outreach programs in addition to planning activities for novice competitors, such as the big and little program, team bonding parties, and the end of the year banquet. In addition, on my high schools theatre board where I was the Vice President I was the treasurer in addition to the attendance and record keeper. This is why I personally feel I am well suited for either of the positions.


    Please list/explain your top 3 priorities/initiatives as an Executive Board member in your chosen position: 



    Make everyone feel comfortable by reaching out to them in personal conversations, ensure everyone leaves training smiling and laughing, and motivating members to WANT to attend all training events and weekend simulations!! They need some intrinsic motivation!!


    Of course we've been kicking ass... as usual!

    1/8 of our special blog post series on 'The Gates', the blog for the Mount Holyoke Committee

    Co-Head Delegate, Shaye McDonald '17 has amazing things to say, in the first installment of eight more posts to come, about MHCMUN, Mount Holyoke's favorite org!


    Guess Who Made Them Bleed?


    Our 8-member team had a wonderful performance at the New York University's Model UN Conference (NYUMUNC) with four awards; Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate and 2 Honorable Mentions. We couldn't be any prouder!

    Phoebe Even Had A Special Feature! #NYUMUNC


    Nobody rocks crisis committees better than us, and Phoebe sure did let her committee know at NYUMUNC! Read the article she was featured in here


    Marwa Mikati '17


    Maria Saraf '16

    Vice President




    Aayushi Mishra '18

    Crisis Trainer & Head Delegate

    Elisabeth Lee '18

    GA Trainer & Head Delelgate

    Nicole Daphnis '18


    Edith Amoafoa-Smart '19


    Inayat Gill '19

    Events and Outreach co-coordinator

    Kim Foreiter '19

    Events and Outreach co-coordinator


    Mount Holyoke College went from a ranking of 50-75 to 21 this year! This was made possible thanks to the hardworking members of the club and hours of ruthless training and preparation.


    Useful websites to prepare for Sunday Simulations and Conferences






    Follow this flowchart to understand how the committee works at Conferences and Simulations (Crisis Only)

    Keep in mind that the GA flowchart is slightly different- we will update this when the GA season will arrive!


    Article I: The Model United Nations Season

    • The Model United Nations Season is defined as one academic year, spanning both the Fall and Spring semesters;


    Article II: The Executive Board

    • The purpose of the Executive Board is to:

      • Run and direct the club,

      • Act as a forum for discussion of current issues related to MHCMUN,

      • Discuss future events,

      • Update the President as to what the E-board members are working on,

      • While the chair will take into consideration the views of the E-board, the chair will have final decision-making power;

    • The Board will meet once a week, barring unforeseen circumstances;


    Article III: Election and Removal of Executive Board Members

    • Election time for each academic year, based on SGA deadlines, is the Spring semester preceding it, unless extenuating circumstances prevail;

    • The MHCMUN Executive Board is appointed by the general body by a majority vote according to the following protocol:

      • All declarations of candidacy must be made at least a week before scheduled date of elections for elections conducted in the Spring and at least three days before scheduled date of elections for elections conducted in the Fall;

      • Candidacy is open to all members of MHCMUN with the following exceptions:

        • All candidates for President must have previously served on the MHCMUN Executive Board,

      • Candidates are allowed to run for up to two Executive Board positions with successful election to one position automatically disqualifying them from candidacy for another,

      • Elections will be conducted in the following order:

        • President

        • Vice-President

        • Treasurer

        • General Assemblies Trainer

        • Crisis Trainer

        • Events Coordinator/Outreach Co-Coordinators

        • Webmanager

      • Within the election for each position, the following protocol will be observed:

        • All candidates for the position will leave the room and return individually to address the general body in defense of their candidacy,

        • Following those speeches, the candidates will remain outside the room

        • While the candidates continue to remain outside the room, the members of the general body then cast secret ballots

        • The candidates may then return to the room while the ballots are counted by members of the outgoing Executive Board who are not candidates for the position in question;

        • Election results are then announced to the general body.

      • Same-day nominations will only be accepted if a position goes unfilled.

      • No campaigning is allowed.  All candidates who campaign are automatically disqualified from the elections;

      • The removal of an Executive Board member from office is brought to the organization by board consensus (excluding the member in question). The member is asked to withdraw from the Executive Board if there is a 2/3-organization majority in favor thereof. The member has the opportunity to present her case to the organization at large prior to the vote.


    Article IV: Duties of Executive Board Members

    • The individual duties of executive board members are as follows:

      • President (1-year) will:

        • Chair general club meetings,

        • Appoint Head Delegate for each conference based on expressed interest,

          • Appoints a representative for SGA with the consensus of the Board

          • Field concerns and desires of all MHCMUN members,

          • Provide conflict resolution advice,

          • Provide substantive and logistical support to all other board members,

          • Chair Executive Board meetings,

          • Assist in the selection of conference teams,

      • Vice-President (1-year) will:

        • Vice-chair general club meetings,

        • Vice-chair executive board meetings,

        • Take minutes at both general club meetings and Executive Board meetings,

        • Provide logistical support for all board members as needed, especially the President,

        • In the event that the President is unable to perform her duties, the Vice-President assumes the responsibilities of the President,

        • Manage the club attendance record;

        • Assign countries and provide topics with background information for simulations with the input of the Training Coordinators and President,

        • Assist in the selection of conference teams

      • Treasurer (1-year) will:

        • Manage the club’s account,

        • Oversee the club’s budget,

        • Work with other board members to find the most cost-effective uses of our budget,

        • Serve as our liaison to the MHC Business Office,

        • Work with the Events Coordinator to facilitate fundraising events;

      • General Assemblies Training Coordinator (1-semester/year) and Crisis Training Coordinator (1-semester/year) will:

        • Develop and maintain a comprehensive MUN training program for all active members attending conferences that includes an introduction to

          • international relations, the UN system, public speaking, research, writing and Specific MUN strategy

          • Serve a special role in preparing conference teams,

          • Assist in the selection of conference teams,

          • Be Head Delegate for conferences,

          • Have previous experience as follows:

          • Assistant Head Delegate or Head Delegate,

          • Attended at least 4 conferences in a year (2 a semester);

          • Events and Outreach Co-Coordinators (1-semester/year) will:

          • Plan and execute all MHCMUN fundraising events,

          • Plan and execute all MHCMUN social activities,

          • Oversee club recruitment and promotion of club activities and events,

          • Organize outreach activities to the campus and Five College Community,

          • Oversee the design and procurement of any and all MHCMUN merchandise;

      • Webmanager (1 semester/year) will: 

        • Maintain the MHCMUN website, webspace, and e-mail lists,

        • Maintain MHCMUN’s online presence on Facebook and other social media websites.


    Article V: Meetings

    • General club meetings will take place once a week during the academic year and will last no more than two hours,

    • General club meetings will consist of:

      • General club announcements,

      • GA and Crisis Debate Simulations,

      • Relevant presentations or discussions,

      • Relevant guest speakers and/or panels,

      • Executive Board elections

    • Training sessions will take place once a week and will last no more than one hour,

    • Training sessions will consist of:

      • Basic analysis of the GA and Crisis structure,

      • Strategy for being both a successful delegate and FCMUN staff member,

      • Writing and speech making workshops and practice sessions,

      • Answering questions regarding pertinent MUN issues.


    Article VI: Membership in the club

    • In order to be a member of MHCMUN, one must be a Five College student in good standing with the college,

    • To be considered an “active member”, a member must:

      • Attend more than 50% of all General Meetings and Training Sessions each semester,

      • Work at least one shift at a club event per semester,

      • Staff FCMUN, unless they are abroad or on leave;

      • Be present and voting at all elections,

      • If there are extenuating circumstances that preclude a member from participating in any of the above activities, it is their responsibility to communicate this with the President and Executive Board as soon as possible,

      • A member’s final status will be at the discretion of the Executive Board,

    • Only active members are eligible to apply to and attend conferences,

    • Five College members are allowed to apply to and attend conferences with the MHCMUN team as long as they provide their own funding,

    • All active members are representatives of both MHCMUN and the College while on and off campus and must abide by the Honor Code as well as comport themselves in a manner befitting a Mount Holyoke College student,

      • Honor Code violations by any MHCMUN member will be referred to the Honor Code Council,

      • Any member found guilty of an Honor Code violation will lose their good standing with the club,

      • Any Executive Board member will be required to step down immediately.


    Article VII: Conferences

    • Conference Selection

      • It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to both select and apply for funding for the conferences that the club will attend during the academic year,

      • Executive Board members should be aware of all conferences for which the club is eligible to attend,

      • Upon creating a conference schedule, the Executive Board should establish a drop-out fee as follows:

      • Delegates travelling to a local conference (within driving distance) will be charged US$50 if they withdraw after the date specified on the conference application;

      • Delegates flying to conferences will be charged the airfare in addition to the US$50;

      • The Executive Board will also determine the security deposit required of each delegate (usually half of the delegate fee),

      • This deposit will be returned to the delegate at the end of the conference unless they violate the terms of the Delegate Responsibility Contract or the MHC Honor Code;

    • Head Delegate Selection

      • Head Delegates (HDs) must:

        • Be a current GA or Crisis trainer Executive Board member,

        • Have served at least once as an Assistant Head Delegate,

        • If the GA or Crisis trainer are unable to attend, a qualified Executive Board member will be appointed, and priority will be given to former Assistant Head Delegates;

    • HDs should refer to the Head Delegate Guide to prepare for the conference and are responsible for the following:

      • Serving on the team selection committee, as outlined below,

      • Choosing AHDs,    

      • Securing all transportation to and from the conference,

      • Making reservations for hotel accommodations and team dinner(s),

      • Assisting the relevant trainers with pre-conference trainings,

      • Organizing team bonding events,

      • Organizing at least one pre-departure meeting to convey all relevant information to delegates,

      • Ensuring that all delegates understand and sign the Delegate Responsibility Contract and turn in a deposit check,

      • Attending all Head Delegate meetings at the conference,

      • Collecting and relaying conference feedback from delegates to the conference staff,

      • Dealing with any emergencies that may arise at any and all hours during the weekend;

    • Conference Team Selection

      • The Team Selection Committee is comprised of:

        • The President,

        • The Vice-President,

        • The GA Training Coordinator,

        • The Crisis Training Coordinator, and

        • The Head Delegate,

      • Once the Head Delegate receives the committee assignments for a conference, the President will make the conference application open to all eligible members,

      • Members should be given at least a week to apply for a conference,

      • Within 48 hours after the application deadline, the Team Selection Committee must convene to choose the conference team,

      • Within 24 hours of this meeting, the team should be announced and the selected members should be contacted,

      • Selected team members have 24 hours after being contacted by the Selection Committee to confirm their spot on the team,

      • Once a member has confirmed their spot on a team, they are responsible for the drop-out fee previously established by the Executive Board, unless extenuating circumstances arise,

    • Delegate Responsibility

      • All delegates must abide by the Delegate Responsibility Contract and the MHC Honor Code,

      • All delegates must travel to and from the conference with the MHCMUN team, unless prior arrangements are made with the Head Delegate,

      • All delegates must stay with the MHCMUN team during the conference, unless prior arrangements are made with the Head Delegate,

      • If a delegate’s security deposit is cashed, they will be ineligible to attend the next two conferences on the club’s schedule,

    • Conference Expenses

      • All conference expenses are paid for by The MHC Student Government Association (SGA) with assistance from MHCMUN fundraising, except for half the delegate fee.


    Article VIII: FCMUN

    • The Five College Model United Nations Conference is a conference for the collegiate Model UN circuit. Located in the Pioneer Valley, it is hosted on the campus of one of the member organizations. The clubs involved in the planning and execution of the conference are Mount Holyoke College Model UN, Smith Model UN, Amherst College Model UN, Hampshire College Model UN and the UMASS International Relations Club.


    Article IX: Adviser

    • MHCMUN is an entirely student-run organization. The selection of advisers for specific events or purposes is subject to the Executive Board’s discretion. Generally, any adviser appointed is the Chair of the International Relations Department at Mount Holyoke College;


    Article X: Constitution

    • An amendment or by-law may be presented by any member of MHCMUN and requires a ⅔ majority in favor to be instituted.


     Mission Statement

     MHCMUN is a wholly student run organization comprised of a committed and dedicated membership. Our members engage in a variety of on-campus and off-campus initiatives. MHCMUN is a unique organization in that it offers a number of opportunities to represent the College on the larger intercollegiate Model United Nations circuit, traveling across the country and internationally (when funding allows). To prepare for said conferences, MHCMUN holds weekly meetings on Sunday evenings filled with practice committee sessions and guest speakers. We hold trainings once week to prepare delegates for both Crisis and General Assembly conferences.  To further prepare our delegates, we hold mini-conferences each semester to hone our "in-the-moment" negotiation skills. The Five College Model United Nations Conference, too, is a favored MHCMUN activity in which we co-host, along with other Model UN organizations in the Five College Consortium, our very own intercollegiate conference. Throughout the year, either with these other organizations or on our own, we host a number of on-campus events for both the community at large as well as for MHCMUN.