walter.jpg

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 matthew.fuchs@uconn.edu.

 

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 alisa.mujakic@uconn.edu.

gabby.jpg

Topic A: Expanding Internet Access in the Third World

The past 40 years can be considered “the age of the Internet,” an explosion of knowledge and interconnectedness that has spanned the globe. In modernized nations, one cannot go a day without accessing the Internet in one form or another.  This goes to show how important the Internet has been in the growth of nations, both in size and influence. While our world becomes ever more connected and dependent on the Internet, nearly half of the global population does not have access to it.  This severely hinders the ability of those people to be members of the global virtual community and bars them from the same economic prosperity enjoyed by the other half.  The question remains, in order to secure peace and prosperity around the globe, how can UNESCO help bring the benefits of the Internet to the rest of the world?

Topic B: Protecting Muslim Rights Around the World

The Islamic faith is the second most populous religion in the world, with roots stretching back to the seventh century common era. In recent years, Muslims have come under increasing attack, as members are often being ostracized from their communities because of their faith. Examples of this mistreatment have been seen around the world, whether it be with clothing requirements, prohibition of movement, or destruction of holy sites.  UNESCO is tasked with maintaining peace through cultural acceptance and tolerance.  As a committee we must find a way to protect the rights of Muslims to freely practice their faith and preserve their culture around the world.