Welcome to RMC 2015!

On behalf of the Institute of Domestic and International Affairs, it is with great pleasure and appreciation that I have the opportunity to welcome you to Rutgers Model Congress 2015. The conference will take place from 16-19 April 2015 in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey.

These four days will feature eighteen different committees and hundreds of students engaged in intense discussion, debate, research, and writing. Participants will be able to pick from a variety of House, Senate, and Advanced committees which mirror their real-life Congressional (or otherwise) counterparts. Students will then conduct research into their committees and topics, each learning the backgrounds to pressing American policy. They will gain vast insight into the most important issues facing the United States by acting as representatives of the most powerful government in the world. They must work with their fellow legislators in committee to develop innovative solutions and approaches to these issues while serving their state and political party. This will culminate in the drafting and passing of comprehensive bills during the final sessions, and students will have gained a great amount of perspective and knowledge in that time.

RMC is the perfect opportunity for students to not only learn about the U.S. government and the most important topics of today and of the future, but also to develop the critical skills and leadership that will be carried throughout the rest of high school and into higher education, the professional world, and nearly every other aspect of life. IDIA prides itself in the professional and educational experience it provides, and by the time the students sit for closing ceremonies, they will be better prepared to take on their roles as American citizens and engage their communities for the better – from their hometowns, to the entire country and indeed the world.

RMC 2015 will focus on “The Future of the United States”. In our lifetimes, we will experience the country undergo a variety of profound changes. There are a series of issues and events that, over the next few decades, will see the U.S. through developments and transformations. The most important mission of RMC 2015 is to bring the future of the country to the forefront of student consciousness, as the same young men and women who attend the conference will grow into the next generation of American citizens, workers, and leaders that will be driving America forward. While we may not all become members of Congress or elected officials, we will all become empowered citizens with the ability to make a legitimate impact on this country, and this process starts with education on the issues.

In just over a decade, the World Bank predicts the U.S. dollar losing its global dominance as global economic influence gradually shifts across developing and emerging economies. In 2010, four out of the top five economies in the world were part of the Western Hemisphere. By 2050, it is expected that the U.S. will be the only Western power to make it into the top five, and the collective GDP of the four leading developing countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China – the BRICs) is likely to match that of today’s Western leading nations. Could this result in a brain drain away from the United States, which is projected to break the 400 million population mark around that same time?

Registration for RMC 2015 will open on 4 November 2014.  As space is limited, please be sure to claim your spots early.

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. 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!

Sincerely,

Shane O’Hanlon
Executive Director
Rutgers Model Congress 2015