Why are committees separated by levels?
At TUSMUNC, we pride ourselves on creating an environment where everyone can thrive. After feedback from last year's conference, we have decided to continue with our ability-based conference model.
In order to ensure that all delegates are sorted into the correct committee level, please fill out the committee preference/delegate ability form linked on the registration page. Once completed (and the registration period is complete), our staff will assign each delegation their positions, with our recommendations for which committee each delegate should be in, and email a complete list to the advisors. If you make any changes to the recommendations, please edit the sheet within 2 weeks of receiving it.
While a bit confusing at first, we hope that this model allows for all delegates to be challenged and shine in committee.
Our beginner committees allow first-time delegates, as well as those who are relatively new to the club/team, to experience TUSMUNC in a way geared toward beginners. Emphasis will be placed on teaching all delegates the proper parliamentary procedure, the correct way to write crisis arcs and notes, and to grow their public speaking skills. Additionally, there will be constant check-ins by our crisis staff and dias to ensure that everyone is on the right track. Our chairs and crisis staff are experienced delegates who will work both individually and as a group to ensure that all delegates are moving at the appropriate pace for the committee and that none get lost. This beginner model allows our beginner delegates to shine in committee, become more confident in themselves, and prepare for them to enter the competitive world of Model UN. There are no requirements to be in this committee.
For delegations returning, last year's beginner committees were The Salem Witch Trials and Camp Rock: Battle of the Bands.
The intermediate committees are created to serve as a middle ground between beginners, and those who have been competing for years (or whose advisors believe they are ready for the advanced committees). Additionally, delegates who might not be completely comfortable with public speaking yet, but still have experience, would be great fits for this level. Chairs and crisis staff in this committee will still assist delegates if they have any questions regarding the parliamentary procedure or crisis arcs, however, delegates should be familiar with the basics of MUN and can expect the pace to be faster than the beginner committees. The intermediate committee will most likely also have a more complex topic than the beginners, and delegates should expect to spend a bit more time doing research. Delegates should have attended at least 2-3 committees (delegates can enter earlier if staff or advisors believe the delegate can handle the committee) and have a decent understanding of parlimentary/crisis procedures.
For delegations returning, last year's intermediate committee was The Mafia Wars.
Our advanced committees are geared towards delegates who have a strong understanding of crisis and parliamentary procedures and are comfortable with public speaking. Our advanced committees were created to allow our experienced delegates to be in a fast-paced and complex committee. In addition to regular crises, delegates should be prepared to experience timed-crisis updates. Additionally, delegates should be well versed in directives, press releases, and communique, and should be able to create and execute their own crisis arcs with little to no instructions from staff. Unless advisors specifically note that the delegates should be placed in this committee, delegates in the HS advanced committee should have attended a minimum of six/seven conferences prior. The HS advanced committee will most likely be the most competitive committee of the seven. The MS advanced committee will compete in the JCC with high schoolers (intermediate), preparing them for high school MUN and allowing them to be in a more advanced and fast-paced environment. Like the HS, delegates should be extremely comfortable with all aspects of crisis, parlimentary procedure, and public speaking.
This committee is designed for delegates of all grades and levels. As it is our only specialized committee, delegates do not need to be familiar with crisis, however, they should have a general understanding of parlimentary procedure (there will still be instruction for any intermediate and beginner delegates). We hope that this committee will allow for delegates to be opened up to a lesser-known issue affecting our world today, and inspire collaboration that models that of the actual UN. By having a committee with all levels, we hope that the delegates will all learn from each other. The younger delegates will be able to look up to those with more experience while the older, more advanced delegates will have the opportunity to "lead" the committee, really showcasing their public speaking abilities. Because this committee lacks the component of personal crisis notes/arcs, it is much easier to pick up for younger/beginner/intermediate delegates, and we hope that everyone will thrive in this real-life simulation of the UNSC.
For the delegates who would rather immerse themselves in the world of journalism and work directly with the backroom, we offer Press Corps! Press Corps gives you the chance to be a journalist as you try to dig up dirt on members of other committees while advancing your own news company. Here, you’ll report news from other committees, engage in debate, and immerse yourself in the world of journalism. No experience is needed for Press Corps, and delegates of all grades and experience levels are welcome to join this special committee.
Still have questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our secretariat will get back to you as soon as possible!