My name is Arthi Yerramilli and I am a junior in the Business School studying supply chain management minoring in psychology. I have been on staff since my freshman year and this will be my third RUMUN and 6th conference on staff. To me, IDIA is an excellent place where students of various backgrounds and skill sets can come together and engage in a unique learning experience and develop into leaders and problem solvers. This will be my second time directing, and I hope this committee provides a unique learning experience for everyone. As a first time advanced committee director, I hope to take the small committee setting and use it to show you all how business strategy can positively benefit their business, stakeholders, and the general population, while maintaining ethical standards and incorporating what it means to be socially responsible. Outside of IDIA, I am involved in the business governing association, teaches a business first- year seminar, and I enjoy singing and having adventures.
In the 21st World Petroleum Congress, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the oil industry will be examined from the standpoint of risk management, human rights, anti-corruption and transparency, and environmental sustainability. While not limited to these four points, students will examine and discuss these aspects as they pertain to benefiting the global population as energy demands and the population increase. Students will look at past examples and case studies and propose ways to be transparent and ethical while maintaining a competitive advantage, an issue that has remained controversial for many years.
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My name is Sharlene Mae Laud and I am Rutgers rising senior, majoring in Political Science with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior. In high school I was an active MUN delegate, and this will be my tenth IDIA conference on staff. In terms of international affairs, I am particularly interested in human trafficking, South East Asia, human rights, and the environment. When I am not at class, work, club meetings, or church, I can be found watching one of my favorite television programs – The Office, Big Bang Theory, or How I Met Your Mother. I am also known to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a cupcake!
At Rutgers Model United Nations Conference 2012 I am directing the Indian Cabinet. The committee is non-traditional in the sense that the delegates will be assigned positions in the Indian Cabinet and will have a less structured form of debate without using parliamentary procedure. As a country with a notoriously ever-growing population, the conference’s theme “8 Billion Reasons for Change” is of particular importance to the nation of India. We will be examining economic, political, social, and environmental issues facing India while keeping in mind the interests of our growing population. Although the conference is a few months away, I am looking forward to the dynamic and exciting committee that is the Indian Cabinet!
I encourage you to utilize the committee page prior to the conference. I will use it to communicate and post resources with the committee prior to the conference. Also, feel free to use the forum for discussion and share interesting resources with each other! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the committee, MUN, Rutgers, or anything at all that you think I can help you with!
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My name is Katherine Chang and I will be your director for the Chinese Politboro! I am currently a senior at Rutgers University, with a double major in Economics and Chinese and a minor in Political Science. I attended my first Model UN conference in the sixth grade, and have been in love with it ever since. During my time as a delegate, I learned a lot about politics, cooperation, and life in general. In wanting to pass on these experiences to the next generation, I joined IDIA in my first year at Rutgers, and have remained a staff member on IDIA conferences from then on. When I’m not working on my senior thesis or applying to law schools, I spend my free time catching up with old friends, traveling, and learning languages.
In the midst of the extensive buildup of the nation’s population issue, the growing demands of global affairs, and the uncertainty of changing times, the Chinese Politburo will attempt to maintain economic and social stability while simultaneously advancing its position in the world. As the pinnacle of the Chinese government, the Politburo has the power to affect change in not own its own internal affairs, but also in foreign relations as well. While revisiting the current economic, energy, and national security policies, among others, Politburo members will need to consider domestic concerns, relevant global actors, and the members’ own personal roles and interests in the government.
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My name is Aniket Kesari! I will be your Director of the Steering Committee of the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). This will be the second committee that I have directed for an IDIA conference. Otherwise, I have been an active part of staff by either directing or being a member of Conference Simulation Services (CSS). RUMUN 2012 will be my seventh conference on staff, and I could not be more excited for it!
When I joined IDIA in my freshman year, it was a natural extension of my high school involvement in Model United Nations and Model Congress. I have always had an interest in international affairs and debating, and I wanted to see what it would be like to be on the staffing side of things. Since then it has become an important part of my life and the place where I have met so many of my best friends here at Rutgers. I look forward to every Monday night meeting and every conference because I get to spend time with some of the best people I have ever known!
I am currently studying history and political science at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. I also participate in the Rutgers University Association of International Relations (RUAIR), which is the organization that participates in intercollegiate Model UN conferences.
If you get to know me outside of school, you will find that my one true passion outside of politics and international relations is television sitcoms. I follow anywhere between eight and ten TV shows at any given time, and I have watched countless others over the past few years. Some of my favorite shows include Three’s Company, Frasier, Friends, Scrubs, and The Big Bang Theory. One of my dreams is to go to Los Angeles and watch a live taping of one of my favorite shows!
In regards to our committee and topic, we will be “Implementing a Path for Sustainable Development.” The committee will use expert testimony, technical reports, and public policy to find innovative ways to make large cities more sustainable, efficient, and lively. We will be discovering the impact of economics, culture, and politics on urban development and exploring ways to fashion policies in effective ways.
My name is Aisha Van Pratt and I’ll be your chair for WHO in RUMUN ’12. First of all I want to let you all know that I’m really excited to meet you! Since I also want all of you to be equally excited for RUMUN ’12 and our committee, I’ll let you know a little bit more about myself.
I am currently a junior at Rutgers, majoring in Cultural Anthropology, with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Biology. I am also a pre-med student and plan on attending medical school after I graduate from Rutgers. I love playing and watching soccer and volleyball (I actually played both in high school). I’m a vegetarian and I looove Mediterranean, Mexican, and Indian food! I also love photography and film and the way both can be used to represent and evoke critical thinking, but emotions at the same time. They’re both hobbies of mine along with sewing, music, learning about new and amazing things, and traveling.
I’m not a New Jersey local (although I like to consider it home now). I was born in California, but I grew up in Mexico. I moved from Tijuana/San Diego to New Jersey in the summer of 2008, and started my senior year of high school in Franklin High School. I’ve been in the East Coast ever since. My interests in medicine go beyond my delight for the sciences. I’m definitely a people-person and because of this I’m always interested in the multiple social, cultural, economic, and political factors that play into the idea of “health/disease,” and the access to health cross-culturally. This should more or less give you a clue of what to expect for our committee’s focus.
We will be exploring the topic of Sexual and Reproductive rights and the factors that affect the way they are socially perceived. Likewise, we will look at how the social perception about them affects people and their communities at an international level. Your task as delegates will be to analyze—as thoroughly as possible—the various social and medical factors surrounding the question of sexual and reproductive rights, as well as how can health conditions involving and surrounding them be improved.
We will also be looking at epidemic and pandemic preparedness. While the last decade has seen over a billion people added to the global population, it has also seen disease outbreaks like 2002 SARS pandemic and the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic. With over seven billion people now inhabiting the Earth, the possibility for disease transmission has never been higher. Delegates in the WHO will have to evaluate the current state of disease prevention and formulate a plan to bolster current defense systems.
I hope you all are looking forward to this conference as I am!
Best of luck and see you soon!
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