IRC Heads to Korea

This week nine members of the IRC will head to WorldMUN 2015 in Seoul, South Korea hosted by Harvard. The team, led by Vice President of Model United Nations Lucas Leblanc, has been training for several weeks and consists of a few WorldMUN veterans as well as several new members. The entire club wishes the team luck as they compete with delegates across the world and spread some Tribe Pride on the other side of the globe.

This year’s team is: Lucas Leblanc, Alison Roberts, Lydia House, Torey Jackson, Zach Smith, Carolyn De Roster, Liam Arne, Somya Shankar and Remington Pool.

WMIDMUN XIV Secretary-General Appointed

On March 1, 2015, Emma Lowther was nominated to assume the role as Secretary-General for WMIDMUN XIV, the William & Mary International Relations Club’s middle school conference. The nominating committee consisted of the past three WMIDMUN Secretaries-General. Her nomination was unanimously approved by the sitting Executive Board.

Emma Lowther has a successful history with the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference (WMIDMUN), having served as the Chief of Staff for WMIDMUN XIII. Emma is described by the entire staff of WMIDMUN XIII as being approachable and exuding enthusiasm for the education of middle school delegates.

The entire W&M IRC Executive Board welcomes Secretary-General Lowther to her position at the head of WMIDMUN and on the governing board of the W&M International Relations Club.

Scholarship Fund Created

On Wednesday, February 25th the W&M IRC voting membership approved the creation of a Scholarship Fund with a favorable vote of 84% of dues-paying members and a unanimous approval of the Executive Board.

Created by sitting Finance Director Serena Saffarini and Assistant Finance Directors Torey Jackson and Graham Young, the Scholarship Fund will consist of up to three scholarships per year that can be awarded to IRC members pursuing a non-paying or low-paying summer internship opportunity related to the field of international relations. The award is contingent upon a record of supporting the club in all of its endeavors, including staffing the conferences hosted on campus.

Saffarini hopes that in the future alumni might consider donating to the fund to create even more opportunities for club members to pursue summer opportunities that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

New Record for Service

IRCares, the W&M IRC’s service branch, set a new record at WMIDMUN, the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference, this February by raising an incredible $3,253.03 for this year’s chosen charity, Kiva – an international non-profit microloan organization.

By pairing each committee to a loan related to the committee’s topics, the Service team was able to provide a meaningful connection between the money passing hands in the committee room in exchange for brownies, and the people in the developing world needing a loan to improve their lives, but living without access to traditional financial institutions.

Led by Meghan Foley, Service Chair, IRCares continues to set records and create innovative ways to raise money and awareness for Kiva, both on-campus and off. The Service team recently hosted the IRC’s first ever Hunger Banquet and later this spring plans to host the second annual Friend Auction, a huge success last year in the club’s fundraising efforts for COPE, a non-profit provider of prosthetics and rehabilitation services operated in Laos; all of this after yet another successful installment of the Developing World Gallery this past Fall semester, where dozens of student-produced photos of the developing world were auctioned off to W&M students and alumni.

*All proceeds from IRCares events goes directly to financing Kiva loans this year. Any cost associated with an event is paid for by the W&M International Relations Club.

WMIDMUN XIII: A Success Story

Between February 20th and February 22nd the William & Mary International Relations Club hosted its thirteenth session of WMIDMUN, the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference.

Led by Carl Cilke, Secretary-General, the conference¬†hosted over six-hundred middle school students on the College’s historic old campus and sported a robust staff of nearly 130 IRC members, one of the largest staffs on record for WMIDMUN. From large General Assemblies like the Human Rights Council and the Pacific Island Forum to smaller Specialized Agenices such as the American Federation of Labor and the Obama-McCain 2008 Campain Join Crisis Committees, both the students and staff engaged in substantive debate and exciting crises which have become the cornerstone of the W&M IRC’s three conferences each year.

Along with the conference’s innovative committees were the Friday night Global Village, a new take on what is typically the alternative for Saturday’s main event – the Delegate Dance. In place of the Global Village on Saturday was a new addition to WMIDMUN: trivia! Led by W&M IRC’s Trivia Masters Ariel Cadby-Spicer and Emily Jackson the delegates were able to share some knowledge in between sharing their dance moves upstairs on the dance floor.

With the bang of the gavel closing the 13th session of WMIDMUN the entire staff and Secretariat were able breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they put on a fantastic conference deserving of the William & Mary name. Congratulations to every staff member, as well as the Secretariat: Carl Cilke, Alyssa Harrison, Remington Pool, Taylor Renard, Lydia House, John Chalovich, Emma Lowther, Zach Smith and Karthik Kumarappan. In the words of one sponsor, “Thanks to all for your preparation, and also for your positive approach to the kids. It’s clear that you are all enjoying this, and that you want the students to enjoy it, too.¬†It’s also such good proof that you can be absolutely serious and on-task and really engage the kids–they want to rise to your level.”