Meet your Director, Keelie NI!

Keelie is a junior at UConn. She is a political science major with a minor in sociology. After college, she dreams of attending law school and studying civil rights law. Outside of Model UN, Keelie is involved in numerous political organizations on and off campus; helping to organize and recruit volunteers. In her free time, Keelie enjoys playing piano and watching campy horror movies. Last year, she served as an assistant director for UNHRC. This year she is very excited to be the director for UNICEF. Keelie is looking forward to meeting all of the delegates and encourages them to ask her any questions at


Meet your Topic Specialist, Simran Thakur!

Simran is a senior double majoring in speech, language and hearing sciences and human rights. She is working towards going to law school. This will be her fourth year with UCMUN. She was an administrative assistant for CCPCJ her first year. Additionally, she was the topic specialist of UNHRC the following year and then the topic specialist of CCPCJ. Outside of UCMUN, Simran is the Language and Literacy Coordinator for Community Outreach. Additionally, she is a part of the Nepali Student Association. When Simran isn’t at her myriad of meetings and classes, she is catching up on her shows, listening to her podcasts, or sleeping. She is looking forward to her final conference! Please feel free to contact her at


Topic A: Accessibility to Education for Differently-Abled Children

Education is a fundamental right that offers children a path forward out of a life of poverty and destitution. However, children that are differently-abled face barriers to education access. Children with disabilities face a unique challenge, as often times, the schools lack resources to promote an inclusive and accessible learning environment. UNICEF needs to work together to create accessible and inclusive learning spaces for all individuals. Not only should there be an emphasis on investing and promoting teacher training for an inclusive education, but there should be a multi-sectoral approach that takes into account issues such as transportation and social services for assistive devices and care. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund needs to construct initiatives that will promote learning and education for all children.

Topic B: Coerced Adoption

Inter-country adoption has been on the rise since the 1960s. Along with this increase in inter-country adoption, there has been a growing international effort to ensure that adoptions are carried out in a transparent and ethical manner in the best interests of the child. However, there have been cases in which adoptions have been carried out against the best interests of the child, in which the requirements and procedures in place were insufficient in preventing unethical and coercive adoption. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which guides UNICEF’s work, clearly states that every child has the right to grow up in a family environment and to know and be cared for by her or his own family whenever possible. UNICEF has an obligation to ensure that adoptive children are placed in home environments that best suit their interests and take into account ethical and transparent adoptive practices.