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Rutgers Model Congress 2022

Welcome to RMC 2022!

RMC 2022 will take place on April 7-10, 2022!

It is a distinct honor and privilege to welcome you back to Rutgers Model Congress. After two years of a less than traditional RMC experience, we hope our in-person setting will be a refreshing return to normalcy. Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking forward to providing you with a safe and comfortable experience at our conference. RMC 2022 is one of the premier Model Congress conferences for giving delegates an experience in domestic affairs that spans a wide variety of committee forms and topics.

The American democratic process is an unending endeavor, and as such, our efforts to be civically engaged must be enduring. The issues discussed and the interests involved will challenge the delegates to think beyond party lines and beyond what has been done in the past. Our seventeen talented directors have been working tirelessly to craft a thought-provoking committee experience that will challenge delegates to test their preconceptions on policymaking and the structure of governance. Each director brings a unique portfolio of experiences and talents to create a diverse conference experience for any delegate’s interests. Across the vast spectrum of our topics like “NCAA Name Image and Likeness Rights” to “Financial Preparedness for Retirement,” we hope that you can test your convictions and perhaps form new ones. 

The theme of RMC 2022 will discuss inequality and the importance of effective policymaking in that regard. The past few years especially have highlighted the crippling disparities that exist between groups all across the country. Pursuing the American Dream is no longer a clear path for everyone. Economic inequality has become a keystone issue for politicians on both sides of the aisle, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought this to the front of national attention. This past summer’s protests in support of police reform have also illustrated some long-standing inequalities that have been unsuccessfully addressed to date. The rural-urban divide demonstrates how many instances of inequality are more complex than once thought and don’t necessarily conform to the preexisting notions of partisanship and demography. The 2016 and 2020 presidential elections have defined new political alignments centered around dissatisfaction with inequality, whether geographic, economic, or racial. It seems at times that our democratic evolution has stalled as blights like inequality have introduced a sense of apathy towards civic engagement.

Continued inequality has, for many, given way to cynicism and resignation that “things will never change.” This loss of faith in the legislative process can create desperation amongst those who cannot pursue the American Dream to the fullest extent. That tragic desperation has led to further degradation of our democratic institutions. The disappointing events of January 6th, 2021, demonstrate just how powerful a weapon desperation can be. Unless Congress can regain the faith of the American people and show that its policy actions can effectively address inequality, it is not beyond reason that we will see further attempts at the destruction of our most foundation institutions. Policymaking must be responsive to the existing inequalities and be effective in their mode of action. Policy issues do not simply vanish after the passing of a bill. Their resolutions are dependent on robust and well-thought-out solutions coupled with practical execution. 

Over the course of the four days of RMC 2022, I want the delegates to focus on properly executable solutions and recognize that policymaking doesn’t end with passing a bill. During the weekend, we urge you to think critically not only about the content of your bills but to envision their execution. I hope this conference inspires you to combat political apathy wherever you see it. Delegates should take what they learn about their committees, the topics, the theme, and themselves and translate it into all aspects of their lives. On a personal level, my first conference was RMC, and since then, I have been eternally grateful to the staff and advisors that made it possible. The conference helped me find my voice and develop an undying passion for civics. I hope that your RMC experience will be just as impactful as it was for me. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any feedback or questions at info@idia.net. We here at RMC 2022 are excited to meet you all in April!

Best,

Zain Baquer

Executive Director

RMC 2022

Committees & Topics

Browse the committees available at this year’s RMC, and start the registration process.

About RMC

When?
Rutgers Model Congress 2021 will take place from April 7-10, 2022.

Where?
Rutgers Model Congress will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Brunswick, NJ.

 

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Participant Information

Logistics & Lodging
Schedule
Rules & Policies
COVID-19 Info

RMC is a four-day conference that begins on Thursday evening and continues until Sunday morning. Delegates debate their topics in committee, and also have the opportunity to attend workshops focused on both policy issues and life skills.

Lodging is provided at select hotels conveniently located at or near the conference premises. Please see details below, or email info@idia.net for more info on how to include lodging in your registration.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

 

Thursday, April 7 

5:30pm-6:30pm – Opening Ceremonies
7:30pm-10:30pm – Committee Session I

Friday, April 8

9:30am-12pm – Committee Session II
12pm-1:30pm – Lunch Break
1:30pm-2:30 – Workshops
2:30pm-6pm – Committee Session III
6pm-8pm – Dinner Break
8pm-10:30pm – Committee Session IV

Saturday, April 9

9:30am-12pm – Committee Session V
12pm-2pm – Lunch Break
2pm-6pm – Committee Session VI
6pm-8pm – Dinner Break

Sunday, April 10

9:30am-11am – Debrief & Sunday Activity
11am-12pm – Lunch Break
12pm-12:30pm – Closing Ceremonies

As an IDIA-sponsored conference, IDIA adheres to a uniform set of rules governing participant conduct, debate style, and awards. Please see detailed policy documents below, and email info@idia.net with any questions.

In accordance with local, state, and federal guidance as well as the protocols established by the Hyatt, IDIA will be enforcing several new COVID-19 rules for all conference participants, chaperones, and staff.

  • All individuals attending the conference in any capacity are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to provide proof of vaccination.
  • All participants, chaperones, and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth covering at all times on conference premises, except when in own hotel rooms.
  • The overall capacity of the conference has been limited to make committee rooms less dense and allow for social distancing.
  • Even as IDIA takes all possible measures to ensure a safe conference environment, there is always an inherent risk in any group activity. As such, this year’s permission slip will include a COVID-19 waiver that is required for all participants.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 protocols, please contact us at info@idia.net. 

Register your team for RMC today, and ask us about available scholarships for schools and students with demonstrated need.