Welcome to RMC 2016!

On behalf of the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, it is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome you to Rutgers Model Congress 2016. The conference will take place from April 14-17th at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Over the course of this four day simulation of Congress, hundreds of students from across the country will be challenged to address some of the most pressing challenges this country faces today, as well as reimagine important moments in America’s past. There will be 18 committees available at this conference, including House and Senate committees such as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform or the Senate Committee on Intelligence and Advanced committees such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Historic House Un-American Activities Committee. These committees will give students attending RMC 2016 unique insights into how the American government works, help them understand the role of constituents and outside influence in the legislative process, and will help build essential research, public speaking, and diplomacy skills that can be hard to cultivate in a normal classroom environment.

This year, RMC will focus on the theme of “Protecting Constitutional Rights.” The scheme of rights that American citizens are afforded is, in a word, complicated. We have certain rights that everyone is aware of, most notably those that are contained in the Bill of Rights, but there are others, such as the right to privacy, that even the country’s brightest legal and constitutional scholars have a hard time defining and agreeing upon. This creates a somewhat dangerous climate in which people have their rights violated, but they either don’t know it or can’t easily seek redress through the courts. Congress tends to contribute to this problem, passing legislation with little regard for constitutionality, waiting for a court challenge to arise before addressing such concerns. Recent events have shown that the rights of the American people are constantly evolving as well, and it is a unique challenge for our government to be able to keep up with all the things that effect these changes in order to ensure that our laws are equipped to deal with new legal situations. This theme will add new depth to the topics that students will address, forcing them to deal with the real-life, constitutional consequences of their legislation in a more concrete way than they usually do.

Registration for RMC 2016 will open on November 1, 2015. Registration will remain open until capacity is reached in late March, so please be sure to claim your spots now!

If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process, the conference, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me. Our staff is also available for outreach programs to visit schools in order to help them prepare for RMC. This is highly recommended for both newer and more experienced schools alike! Feel free to contact us if this would help you. Thank you for your interest in RMC, and I greatly look forward to seeing you all at Opening Ceremonies!


Michael Fine

Executive Director

Rutgers Model Congress 2016