Register here for our May 19, 2018 Conference
Meet your advanced committee chairs
Meet your novice & Middle-School chairs

 

Thank you for your interest in Whitney High School's Model United Nations 16th annual  conference on Saturday, May 19th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  This year's theme is "Asia Ascending" emphasizing events and concerns in Asia as well as the challenges of the new technological and informational revolution, climate change, and other topics.

 

This year we're offering Regular, Security Council and Specialized Committees.  Each novice Security Council shares the same topic.  We also offer Middle-School positions especially for 7th and 8th grade students who have never had an MUN experience before. We pride ourselves on the academic integrity of our conference and our consistent commitment to strong, informed, and fair chairing.

 

We hope you make Whitney High School your late-school year conference choice.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

MAY

- 12 -

MAY

- 19 -

APRIL

-30-

REGISTRATION CLOSES

POSITION PAPERS DUE BY MIDNIGHT

WHITNEY MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8:00 to 9:00....................................................Registration in front of gym

8:30 to 9:00....................................................Opening Ceremony

9:00 to 11:30 / 1:00......................................First Committee Session

11:30 to 1:00..................................................Staggered Lunches

1:00 to 3:00....................................................Second Committee Session

3:00 to 3:30....................................................Break

3:30 to 4:00....................................................Closing Ceremony

DELEGATE FEES AND PAYMENTS

Payment is due on the day of the conference.  The school fee is $20 for delegations over 20 people and the delegate fee is $25 per delegate.  Checks are preferable to cash and can be made out to "Whitney High School MUN".   We will be sending out invoices based on your numbers about two weeks before the conference.

AWARDS

 

Awards in all committees will be determined based on performance and ability.  Cooperation rather than showboating or "hard balling" will be rewarded.  Our chairs will be trained to be aggressively on the lookout for delegates who are out of policy and stopped.   Certificates will be given for commendable and outstanding delegate work.  Gavels will be awarded in all advanced committees.

 

We define a large, medium, or small school delegation based on the physical number of delegates brought to our conference.  If for example, Tustin High school, which has a huge MUN program, brings in 70 delegates, it would be designated as a large school.  However, if Tustin brings in only 5 delegates, they would be eligible for the small school delegation award.  We cannot tell you what the cut off for large or small delegations are until the actual day of the conference!  We will also take into consideration the type of program the school offers.

 

ELECTRONICS

 

Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are permitted in our committees to help with normal conference preparation.  However, our Internet is limited, so the network might be slow at times.  Any delegate found using these devices for texting, gaming, or simple web browsing will be referred to their advisors.

LUNCH / SNACKS

 

We'll be catering lunch from TK Burgers.  It will include a main course with a vegetarian option, chips and a drink.  Lunch will be on a staggered schedule to give each delegate about 45 minutes each for their meal.  A table will be set inside the school to buy snacks such as muffins, candy, drinks, etc. During the conference.

ADVISORS and STUDENT ADVISORS

 

School advisors as well as parent advisors will enjoy our hospitality in our teacher lounge, located in the "B" building next door to the main school.  We will be providing a breakfast and snacks, as well a special ethnic dishes cooked for you by our parents.  A standard lunch is provided as well, and tickets for a TK Burger meal if you wish.  Faculty restrooms can be found here as well as use of the student union if you'd like to relax in a quieter area.

 

Student advisors will be given their own room in the main part of the school to gather and relax.  Snacks and drinks will be provided for them.  They will be given tickets for a TK Burger for lunch.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Like all MUN Secretariats, we strive for fair and balanced chairs and judgment of delegate performance.  We aren't perfect and sometimes we might not notice something in committee that you do.  Adult school advisors are urged to contact the Whitney advisor if they observe something going on which goes against recognized procedure, is biased, or is simply out of policy.  There should be no two-hour ice-breaking sessions, caucuses that go on and on and are renewed and renewed, or fake caucuses.  We'll do our best to keep delegates from wasting time as well.

 

No yielding of time to other delegates will be permitted.  No pre-written resolutions will be accepted.

 

We are also working to get rid of some of the delaying tactics that have been used on the past to shut off debate.  Consequently, speaking times will be set at either a minute-thirty seconds or two-minutes for the duration of the speaker’s list.  Any suggested changes in time must be sent up as a note to the chair.  One comment and one question of thirty-seconds each will follow each speech.  We will be emphasizing the amendment process instead of moderated caucus.

 

Delegates are reminded that we will not permit the use of national flags, pins, or any other national emblem in committee as the United Nations does not allow it either.  In addition,  we ask that position handouts or briefing sheets not be distributed in committee in that it gives an unfair advantage to delegates who do and is in conflict with the spirit of no pre-written resolutions.

 

All committee rooms are open to advisors.  No advisor is to be kept from coming to and from a committee room due to voting block status.  There have been misunderstandings about this in the past so we want to make this clear.

 

 

Whitney High School Model United Nations

16800 Shoemaker Ave / Cerritos / CA / 90703

Phone:  (562) 926-5566 Ext. 22361

Email:  steve.rosenberg@abcusd.us