Mexican War of Independence Convention, 1810

Chair: Marlon Rajan

about the committee:

“The Mexican War of Independence Convention committee takes place moments before the losses at The Battle of Calderón Bridge in January of 1811—an event that is considered to be a turning point in the Mexican War of Independence. Prior to this defeat, Miguel Hidalgo retreated from México City, resulting in major losses to his army’s numbers that greatly affected the results of Calderón Bridge—but historians are at a loss for why he pulled back. Taking advantage of this historical blindspot, this committee will be framed as a meeting between some of the rebellion’s brightest minds in order to plan their next move. Expect a series of exciting, fast-paced debate and a passionate fight for México’s freedom!”

background guide coming In November!

topic b: a new mexican constitution

TOPIC a: concluding the war of independence

 

LETTER FROM THE Dais:

Hello Delegates!

Welcome to MUNUM XXXIII. My name is Marlon Rajan, and I will be your director for the Mexican War of Independence committee. I am a sophomore in the Residential College, a Michigan Learning Community within LSA that has a focus on liberal arts. Through the RC, I have been able to pursue my interest in participating in literary magazines and open-mics on campus, as well as a possible minor in Spanish literature and culture. Classes such as Indigenous Activism have widened my understanding of the Spanish language and the cultures that utilize it — becoming one of the main factors that contributed to choosing Mexico as my focus this year. I’ve come to realize that Central and South America are left relatively unexplored in Model United Nations despite having so much to offer to our global understanding of diplomacy and politics. My hope is that through introducing you all to this topic, I can create a possibility for more diversity within Model UN committees and bring awareness to cultures that are otherwise underrepresented. I am so psyched to be discussing this topic with you all, and I hope this guide has all you need to pump you up as well!

Welcome again! My name is Aaron Zelmanov and I will be your assistant director. I am a sophomore studying Business Administration and minoring in computer science. I have been involved in Model UN since I was a sophomore in high school and have continued the passion ever since. I am very excited to be assisting in a committee whose topic often gets overlooked, but is a pivotal moment in history nonetheless. Feeding off of each other’s enthusiasm for this topic will ensure that MUNUM will be a blast for everyone. I look forward to seeing you all in January!

The Mexican War of Independence Convention committee takes place moments before the losses at The Battle of Calderón Bridge in January of 1811—an event that is considered to be a turning point in the Mexican War of Independence, cited to be one of the main events that resulted in the insurgent effort’s ten year delay. Prior to this defeat, Miguel Hidalgo decided to retreat from México City, resulting in major losses to his army’s numbers that greatly affected the results of Calderón Bridge—but no one knows why he pulled back. Taking advantage of this historical blindspot, this committee will be framed as a meeting between some of the rebellion’s brightest minds and strategists in order to plan their next move. Expect a series of exciting, fast-paced debate and a passionate fight for freedom!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at mjrajan@umich.edu.

We look forward to meeting you in January.

¡Vamos Azul!

Marlon Rajan and Aaron Zelmanov