My name is Tim Lachapelle. I began Model United Nations when I was a freshman at Hofstra. When I first started my Model U.N. journey, I was inexperienced at parliamentary procedure, but had a passion for public speaking and debate. When I went to my first conference at the University of Pennsylvania in November of 2011, I was a delegate in the World Health organization, discussing Illegal Organ Trade. I was nervous, and inexperienced, but everybody in the Hofstra delegation was very helpful and encouraging. Before I knew it I was passing resolutions, and solving real world problems with other college students like myself. Model United Nations is unlike any other club, because young minds work together to solve some of the world’s oldest problems. Since then I have worked on the staff of a crisis committee and, been a delegate of a Civil War crisis at UPenn’s annual conference called UPMUNC.
This year’s Hofstra Model United Nations conference will be my first as a chair. At last years conference I worked as a staffer under the infamous David Zuniga. Together we organized a crisis committee that reacted to the September 11th attacks. We came up with many different ways to challenge the committee. Time after time the committee rose to the occasion and preserved peace in the Middle East and beyond. The delegates from the first HUMUNC Conference proved that they could handle the fast paced nature of College level Model U.N., and I am sure this year’s conference will be no different.
I am honored this year to serve as a chair of my committee, and I am sure that my Staffer David Zuniga will concoct crises that will continue to challenge our delegates.