Dear Delegates

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Asia 2017! Our names are Sun-Ui Yum and Aren Rendell, and we are extremely excited to be chairing the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this year.

As a delegate in this committee, you will be asked to consider some of the most broad-reaching topics in American society, and as a senator, you will be able to enact tangible change across policy borders and party lines within the next few days. In this committee, you will inspect all aspects of these issues — moral, legal, and practical — and find solutions that best aid all Americans and fall within party lines. You will be working on issues that have none to little legal precedent, so be prepared for debate, political challenges, and unexpected questions that may shift your policies.

We hope HMC will allow you to grow in a number of different ways. By considering complex issues from wildly different viewpoints, by gaining a greater understanding of both the US legislative system’s mechanisms and the change it can create, and by exposing you to other students from across the world who share the same or different passions, you will have the chance to broaden and question your understanding and perspectives on current issues while gaining new insight and making new friends.

As your chairs, we hope to make your HMC experience both intellectually stimulating and fun. Let either of us know if you have any questions about the HMC experience, traveling, the briefings, or anything else; we’re truly excited to be here and undertake these challenges alongside you. Can’t wait to meet you all!

All the best,
Sun-Ui Yum and Aren Rendell
Chairs, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Pre-Conference Assignment

Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.

About Us

Aren Rendell

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Aren Rendell is a sophomore studying Economics. In high school, Aren was an HMC delegate twice, and he is excited to be with HMC as a staffer. His political experience ranges from volunteering for a congressional campaign during the 2014 US midterm elections to interning for Congressman Brad Ashford in Washington, D.C.; he is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his experiences with delegates. He looks forward to hearing lively debates on some of the toughest issues politicians in the United States and abroad face.

Sun-Ui Yum

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Sun-Ui is a junior in Cabot House studying Economics and was born and raised in Cambridge. Outside HMC, Sun-Ui is the president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian-American Association, and enjoys listening to and writing about hip-hop.