Meet your Director, Akriti Mishra!

Akriti is a senior at UConn pursuing a dual degree in psychology and molecular & cell biology. After graduation, she hopes to gain some work experience before deciding whether to go to law or medical school. Outside of Model UN, Akriti is involved in the Asian/Asian American Cultural Center and Community Outreach at UConn. Though this is her first year in UCMUN, Akriti spent her freshman and sophomore years as a delegate for UConn’s Travel Model UN team. She is very excited to be serving as a director for UNICEF and can’t wait to meet all of the delegates! Feel free to contact her at akriti.mishra@uconn.edu to talk!


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 simran.thakur@uconn.edu.


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.