Secretary-General's Welcome

Dear Delegates and Advisors,

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the Eighth Edition of HenMUN: The University of Delaware’s Model United Nations Conference. I have had the opportunity to be involved with HenMUN since my sophomore year, when I was on the crisis staff for the United Nations Security Council. Since then, I have served as chair for the UNSC during HenMUN VII and now have the pleasure of being Secretary-General.

I have been participating in Model United Nations since I was in middle school. I credit Model UN for helping me develop my public speaking, critical thinking and collaborative skills that are so important to me today. It is my greatest hope that each delegate has the opportunity to develop and show off these skills during their time at HenMUN. I am excited to announce that this year, HenMUN VIII will be held on March 6-8, 2020, on the beautiful University of Delaware campus.

HenMUN VIII will feature 10 unique, innovative and realistic committees, which will provide for lively, diplomatic and productive debate. Here at HenMUN, we pride ourselves on our philosophy of being a competitive conference with a training edge. Our General Assemblies provide an opportunity for our less experienced delegates to actively participate in simulations of standing UN bodies, such as the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) and the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), through traditional parliamentary procedure. Our Specialized Agencies offer fascinating committees and topics, fast paced debate, and unforeseen crises to which delegates must promptly respond. The Specialized Agencies allow for creativity and competitiveness among more experienced debaters in committees like the Joint Crisis Councils of the Chinese Communist Party and the Guomindang Party during the Chinese Civil War or the New Constitutional Convention. 

As any with any conference, HenMUN seeks to create an experience that is informative, but also fun. We will be hosting social events for the delegates each day of the conference. The University of Delaware’s very own UDairy ice cream will be served at our ice cream social on Friday - it’s a great opportunity for delegates to meet each other outside of committee and to enjoy some great ice cream (its Joe Biden approved!). On Saturday night, we will be hosting the Delegate Dance, which is always a delegate favorite. When not in committee, delegates can walk down Newark’s Main Street, which runs right through campus. Main Street offers a multitude of dining options - chain-restaurant-favorites to local fine dining.

HenMUN VIII will be taking place on the University of Delaware’s campus, and will be held in university academic buildings. Transportation will be provided throughout the weekend to bring attendees to and from their hotels. HenMUN staff, along with the University of Delaware Police Department, will provide security for the conference.

Please to do not hesitate to reach out to us for any questions, comments, or concerns. Our contact information is located under the “Contact Us” tab. Feel free to explore our website, get to know the Secretariat, and learn more about HenMUN. I look forward to seeing you on campus this winter!

Warm Regards,

Kaleigh Shupp

Secretary General

HenMUN VIII

University of Delaware