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BYU Model United Nations High School 31st Annual Conference
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Dear Delegates,

Congratulations on being selected for BYUMUN31 Diplomacy Camp! We look forward to meeting you (online) in just under two weeks. 

We have Four Things To Do (listed below) to start preparing. Once you have paid your fee and tested your computer, we recommend finding your country assignment and committee so you can being researching and writing a Positon Paper. 

Questions? We're here to help! 

See our webpage of training materials and email us at byumun2020@gmail.com anytime. You can even join a Zoom Q&A session starting this week: 


How to Get Started with Liam + Amanda
Thur 11/5 at 4pm (Zoom link)

Writing your Position Paper with Brad
Thur 11/5 at 5:00 pm (Zoom link)

Learn Parliamentary Procedure Basics with Jenna 
Thur 11/12 at 4pm (Zoom link)
 

For specific questions about your committee and research, email your committee director directly, listed at the bottom of this email. 

Good luck with your preparations! More exiting details coming soon.

Marie Kulbeth
BYUMUN31 Executive Director
byumun2020@gmail.com 
Four Things to Do
1. Pay for Diplomacy Camp
Be sure that you have made your your payment to finalize your enrollment in Diplomacy Camp. You can pay here.
2. Learn your Country and Committee assignments
You have been assigned to be a Diplomat for the day, representing a country in a UN Committee and in other activities. View your assignments here
3. Begin writing your Position Paper 
Before Diplomacy Camp, write and submit a Position Paper that includes your country's views and research on the assigned committee topic. Position Papers are due Wednesday 11/11 at 5pm. Email it to us at byumun2020@gmail.com. Find more information about position paper expectations here and even download a template.

 


4. Test your equipment
We will be using an online platform called Gatherly for Diplomacy Camp, in addition to Zoom. Gatherly will only work on a laptop or desktop using Google Chrome. It will not work on a tablet, smartphone, or different Internet browser. You will need a webcam.  

Before the conference begins, please doing the following:
  1. Login at test.gatherly.io to make sure you can connect easily with your computer and network.
  2. Watch the Gatherly Demo on YouTube to see it running.
  3. Review the Gatherly Tutorials (about 20 minutes) for more info on how to navigate, interact, and participate. 
Meet Diplomacy Camp Directors
When we practice diplomacy in a committee session, your directors will run the session from the front of the room on the dais, including other committee staff. 

After you look up your Country and Committee assignment here, learn which BYU student will be directing your committee below. We are excited to get to know you.

Liam Dalton, head of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is a senior majoring in international relations and German studies.
Email: kevinliam.dalton@gmail.com

Amanda Gach, head of the UN Children's Fund, is a senior majoring in international relations and German studies.
Email: amgach@gmail.com 

Anela Hansen, head of the World Health Organization, is a senior majoring in Russian studies.
Email: anelahansen@yahoo.com 

Brad Grisenti, head of Human Rights Council II, is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in Asian studies.
Email: bradgrisenti@gmail.com 

Jenna Cook, head of the General Assembly Plenary, is a senior majoring in human development and international development.
Email: jennacook99@gmail.com

Anna Bryner
, head of the Human Rights Council I, is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in political science.
Email: anna.e.bryner@gmail.com 
Training Materials
Wondering how to get started?

Visit our Training Page for help on writing your Position Paper and resolution, using parliamentary procedure, giving a speech, and negotiating.

You can also find the Background Guide for your Committee, which explains the issue we will discuss and provides important information for your Position Paper research.
Skills Training
Our training materials include instructions and help with giving a speech, making motions using parliamentary procedure, researching your country, and writing a resolution and position paper.
Background Guides
Our Background Guides provide primers on the topics you will research, debate, and write about. This is the place to start for researching your topic. Be sure to read and use the Background Guide for your assigned committee.
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