Meet your Director, Matt Fuchs!

Matt is a junior political science major from the bucolic and beautiful Newtown, Connecticut. This is his second year participating in UCMUN, having served last year as an assistant director of UNESCO. Although he had never participated in Model UN prior to attending UConn, Matt recognizes the importance that international politics, public speaking skills, and cooperation can play in shaping a better future. When on campus, Matt works as a student recruiting assistant for UConn’s football team, while also participating in UConn’s First Year Experience, a program where upperclassmen assist freshmen in their transition to college by leading a 1-credit course. Outside of class and school, Matt loves watching sports, playing golf, skiing, fishing, hiking, chilling by the lake, road tripping with his family, helping people, and hanging out with his friends. He is very much excited to serve as your director at this year’s UCMUN conference and he cannot wait to see all of your hard work in action! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact him at


Meet your Topic Specialist, Alisa Mujakic!

Alisa is a junior elementary education major, working towards a goal of becoming a teacher. This is her third year participating in UCMUN, fulfilling the role as assistant director for UNESCO for the first two years at UConn. Outside of UCMUN, Alisa is active with her passion of working with children and volunteers at elementary schools in her free time, specialized in working with English Second Language students. Alisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling around the world, and shopping. She is looking forward to a fun and productive conference, and is encouraging delegates to contact her with any questions at


Topic A: Protection of Cultural Sites

As our world continues to change and evolve, it has become evermore important to preserve, recognize, and protect locations that provide valuable insight into how we as a species ended up where we are and how we are. Despite our planet being relatively more peaceful and safe than it was in the generations that precede us, there still exist many threats to the endurance of historical, natural, and cultural sites worldwide. These threats include but are not limited to: War, terrorism, climate change, natural disaster, lack of security, lack of fire safety, and lack of historical education. As a committee, UNESCO must find ways to improve the protection of all sites of significance, while recognizing that protecting these sites ensures the endurance of human history.

Topic B: Improving HIV/AIDS Education Worldwide

Although improvements in health infrastructure have been a major focus of the United Nations as a whole for decades, there are still many improvements to be made, especially concerning one of the deadliest diseases in human history, HIV/AIDS. This committee has been tasked with finding ways for education to improve HIV/AIDS health outcomes, with an intense focus on the cultural conditions that surround the issues in each community, nation, and region. To do so, UNESCO is encouraged to evaluate the multitude of resources, programmes, funds, and committees that involve HIV/AIDS in order to find culturally appropriate educational tools to increase the world’s awareness of this dangerous but preventable disease.