Welcome to RMC 2018!

 

On behalf of the Institute of International and Domestic Affairs, I am thrilled to welcome you to Rutgers Model Congress 2018! The conference will be held on April 12th-15th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey.

 

Rutgers Model Congress is a four-day simulation of real life Congressional proceedings, where hundreds of students from all over the country are given the opportunity to debate on some of the most pertinent issues in the United States today. Students will be able to choose from one of eighteen different committees to participate in. These include House and Senate committees, as well as Advanced Committees, like the Supreme Court. Being a part of one of these committees allows students to gain new perspectives on how problems in this country are debated and solved. They will learn how their representatives have to work with all the influences that go in to crafting legislative decisions, all the while improving upon their research, public speaking, and debating skills. Their research and debate will ultimately culminate in the drafting and passing of comprehensive bills aimed at solving issues facing our own Congress.

 

The theme for RMC 2018 is “The Current State of American Democracy”. In the 2016 Democracy Index, put out yearly by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States was demoted to the status of a “flawed democracy.” Events such as the alleged Russian hacking in the past Presidential election and the Citizens United decision have Americans wondering if American democracy has been undermined. American democracy goes beyond just a free and fair election though. It also involves aspects such as active participation in politics from citizens, protection of rights of citizens, a free press, and many other principles. At this conference, we will be exploring, through different committees, the different aspects that constitute American democracy and address any areas where American democracy may have backslidden. The most important mission of this theme is to bring these important issues to the forefront the students’ to make them a more informed generation of voters.

 

Registration for RMC 2018 will open on December 8, 2017. It will remain open until we reach capacity, so make sure to register as soon as possible!

 

If you have any questions or concerns about either registration or the conference itself, please do not hesitate to contact me at mary.yan@idia.net. Our staff is also available to do outreach programs for high schools to help them prepare for RMC; feel free to reach out to us if this is something you would want your school to do. Thank you for your interest in RMC, and I look forward seeing you at the conference in April!

Sincerely,

Mary Yan

Executive Director