More than Model Congress

IDIA is more than just Model Congress

What happens when the conference ends and everyone goes home?  For most, the Model Congress experience is over.

But for IDIA participants, the opportunity to remain involved continues.  Our goal is not to create better Model Congress participants, and it’s not to get our students into college.  We support those efforts, but they’re not at the center of our focus.  Our Model UN and Model Congress conferences are a vehicle.

We educate our participants about important issues. We empower them by developing critical life skills. And we engage them in bringing about positive social change.

When following the news, you hear the same old stories: Republicans can’t agree with Democrats. Race relations in America simply can’t improve. Your economic lot in life is determined when you’re born, and there’s not much you can do about it. After participating at RMC, those seemingly universal truths are often overturned, and you begin to see things in a different light.

At RMC, there is a focus on consensus over partisanship. While the role of political parties is critical to any simulation of Congress, also important is the ability to look beyond party to actually try to solve problems; for if Republicans or Democrats either achieved absolute power, many of today’s problems would never be fixed. Students at RMC learn to recognize when there are possible solutions and how to reach across the aisle to appeal to other senators and representatives in their committees. They recognize that by continually yelling at each other, no real progress will ever be made.

You realize that these issues are far more complicated than they are made out to be.  You recognize that if the “easy solutions” of the past actually made a difference, then we wouldn’t still be talking about those issues.  You understand that solutions are about more than buzzwords and soundbytes.  Solutions require research, fresh ideas, and innovative solutions.

At IDIA, our staff members come a diverse, global community.  Their experiences are as varied as their majors.  Don’t learn about malaria from a political science major, learn about it from someone studying public health.  Learn about federal education policy from people who have worked at the Department of Education.