United States House of Representatives

Chairs: Léa Schmitt & Morgan Showen

about the committee:

“As delegates of the US House committee, you will each be assigned a representative that you will be portraying. In your role of representative, you will find creative and collaborative solutions to the issues before this legislative body.  You will have to navigate the intricate political dynamics of the committee to both promote your representative’s position but also find a way to cooperate with differing positions and ultimately find a greater solution. Our first topic is “Climate Disasters Relief Programs and Funding”. You will be considering how to provide relief and funding to climate change induced disasters such as droughts and fires in California, storms in Florida, rising sea levels etc. You will be deciding how to prevent these events from happening further and how to adapt to those that are already happening. Our second topic concerns Non-Biodegradable materials. You will be discussing, among other ideas, whether or not to ban styrofoam and other single use plastics. You will need to take into account the pros and cons of your decision on more than simply the underlying economics of the topic.”

background guide coming in November!

topic B: non-BIODEGRADABLE materials regulation

topic A: climate disaster relief

 

Letter from the dais:

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to MUNUM XXXIII! My name is Léa Schmitt and I’m so honored and excited to serve as co-director for this year’s US House of Representatives committee. As a sophomore, this is my fifth year participating in MUNUM. I’ve spent 3 of those years as an avid general assembly delegate and the other two as part of the MUNUM staff. That said, here’s a little more about me. I’m majoring in business and minoring in sustainability. Along with my courses and MUNUM, I’m a member of Net Impact, Ross Retail Club, Michigan Business Women, and a social sorority. Lastly, here are some fun facts about me: I speak four languages fluently (French, German, English and Spanish) and I’m a latte art pro (I work at a coffee shop).

My name is Morgan Showen and I have the privilege of serving alongside Léa as co-director for the US House of Representatives Specialized committee. I am currently a junior with this being my second year working as a part of the MUNUM conference staff, my first being in the Legal committee. With hopes of heading off to law school, I am currently double majoring in environmental law and policy as well as political science. Outside of classes, I work as an intramural sports supervisor and referee and as a resident advisor for the LSA Honors Program. Cincinnati, Ohio, is where I call home, but I would like to move out west to the Rocky Mountains following my time at Michigan.

Greetings, salutations, and welcome to the US House of Representatives! For I, Zeid Habbab, have the pleasure to serve as your assistant director. This will be my sixth year of being involved in MUN. As a sophomore, I’ve had quite a unique life experience under my belt as I grew up in Syria for the majority of my life thus being fluent in both Arabic and English. Still, I am yet undecided on what career to pursue, juggling Computer Science, Medicine, to Business. Outside of MUNUM I am on the board of the Muslim Students’ Association and work as a Research Assistant. We can’t wait to meet you in the city of Maize and Blue in January!  

As delegates of the US House committee, you will each be assigned a representative that you will be portraying. In your role of representative, you will find creative and collaborative solutions to the issues before this legislative body.  You will have to navigate the intricate political dynamics of the committee to both promote your representative’s position but also find a way to cooperate with differing positions and ultimately find a greater solution. Our first topic is “Climate Disasters Relief Programs and Funding”. You will be considering how to provide relief and funding to climate change induced disasters such as droughts and fires in California, storms in Florida, rising sea levels etc. You will be deciding how to prevent these events from happening further and how to adapt to those that are already happening. Our second topic concerns Non-Biodegradable materials. You will be discussing, among other ideas, whether or not to ban styrofoam and other single use plastics. You will need to take into account the pros and cons of your decision on more than simply the underlying economics of the topic.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at: leaschmi@umich.edu, mshowen@umich.edu, and zhabbab@umich.edu.

We can’t wait to see all the amazing work that you will all do!

Go Blue!

Léa, Morgan, and Zeid