This year's University of Cincinnati High School Model United Nations Conference (CINCYMUN) will take place March 24-25th, 2017 at University of Cincinnati College of Law, located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

LETTER FROM THE SEC-GEN

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

It is a privilege to welcome you to the first annual University of Cincinnati Model United Nations conference.

Our well-trained staff led by our passionate Secretariat is excited to lead the first conference hosted by our University. Our staff is made up of our competitive Model United Nations team which has a strong history of competing successfully at conferences at the national level. We hope to demonstrate to you why our conference is one of the best in the country.

Nikith is a senior at UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business and serves as the current President of UC Model United Nations.

Nikith is a senior at UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business and serves as the current President of UC Model United Nations.

CINCYMUN will offer two excellent committees. First, is a General Assembly Special Session on Drugs and Human Trafficking. The General Assembly is the main staple of debate in the United Nations. Delegates will be negotiating policies about a topic that is highly important in today’s international policy. Second, is a Crisis Committee in which the topic will be “Homegrown Terrorism". This fast-paced committee will be sure to challenge delegates. Our staff is particularly excited about this committee and looking forward to the creative solutions to be brought forward by the delegates.

Apart from the committee debate that will occur, I believe that another important aspect of Model UN is the interaction with peers. I encourage all delegates to take time to work with and learn from their fellow delegates. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

Nikith Reddy

CINCYMUN Secretary-General

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Michelle Harpenau

Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

Michelle joined the GCWAC in September 2010. She is happy to be in Cincinnati contributing to GCWAC’s ongoing mission and service to the Greater Cincinnati community.

Michelle leads all aspects of programming and strategy for the council including revenue generation, community partnerships, staffing, and strategic planning. She has administered over 175 visitor exchange programs for over 1,150 visitors from all over the world. Michelle is committed to make this region the most prominent location for international understanding and cultural awareness for students, families, and professionals to succeed. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and U.S. Global Leadership Coalition as well as serves on other committees locally and nationally.

Prior to joining the GCWAC, Michelle was Assistant Director of International Clients at Flat Hunter: Property Search Experts in Paris, France. In 2013, Michelle went to Nigeria for a professional and cultural exchange program through the Group Study Exchange with the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. She is a Cincinnati native and graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2006. She has organized events for American Cancer Society and volunteered in Guatemala and Belize. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy and a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from Fordham University. She received certification from Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s “Think Tank on Global Education.”

Outside of the office, Michelle is the Past President of the Cincinnati Rotaract Club, a community-based young professional organization that was started by the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. In addition, she manages a family-owned horse farm business, Vine Hill Farm LLC. She enjoys traveling, playing golf, horseback riding, scuba diving, and yoga.

 

CINCYMUN CULTURE

With a rich history and Midwest charm, and as home of America's 27th President of the United States and as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States William Howard Taft, among many other prominent government officials and diplomatic leaders, CINCYMUN epitomizes an ideal Model United Nations experience.

The Secretariat leads a staff of undergraduates, who help to shape and develop the core of the CINCYMUN experience. With a shared passion for international relations, diplomacy, and a wide range of other academic disciplines, our staff powers the conference with enthusiasm, professionalism and a top-notch attitude in service of delegates. Our large staff ensures a high staff to delegate ratio during the conference; quick responses and a smoothly orchestrated four days are guaranteed.

We aspire to improve through innovation, and this year we settle for nothing less. This year, we will further integrate technology in the delegate experience to ensure productive social experiences and put forth new and highly-engaging committees. Also, CINCYMUN is guaranteed to be fun! Located in the heart of Cincinnati's Clifton area, hotels, restaurants and shops are at every delegate's fingertips.