Welcome to Hofstra Model United Nations, and the West Wing Crisis Committee. My name is Elena Girardi, and I will be your crisis chair. After attending the University of Pennsylvania conference last year, I was very excited and intrigued to see the West Wing as a crisis topic. I was devastated when The West Wing went off the air six years ago, so I decided to borrow the idea for Hofstra’s first ever Crisis Committee.
As part of this committee, it will be your job to guide the slightly fictional President George W. Bush through his first term in office. You will be dealing with a nation in crisis after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a looming conflict in the Middle East, and a second-term campaign strategy. Lots of work is ahead, delegates.
I am currently a senior at Hofstra University, majoring in political science and journalism. My 2012 class resurrected Hofstra’s Model U.N. Club, and I’ve been a member since my first year at Hofstra. I’ve attended several conferences at Harvard, UPenn, and New York’s National Model United Nations. In my final year, I am honored to be one of HMUN’s co-presidents. I spent last semester interning for a law firm in Washington, D.C., and plan to return there for graduate school.
In my spare time I enjoy watching CNN and Boston sports (particularly when they are beating New York). I also enjoy running, writing and Ben & Jerry’s! I am very excited to be serving as committee chair. I never had the opportunity to be a part of MUN in high school, so I am eager and excited to welcome you to this conference. What a great experience!
I am looking forward to a great weekend, jam-packed with equal parts of work and play, and to meeting you all in person. I know you have plenty of other school work to do, so I tried to make your background guide as concise and comprehensible as possible. Please feel free to do your own research or email me of you need any information.
Best of luck delegates; you’ll be in the Oval Office in no time.