Since its inception in 2005, Columbia Model United Nations in New York has grown tremendously and established itself as one of the premier crisis conferences on the circuit.
Cesar Rodriguez is a rising senior in Columbia College majoring in biology and minoring in history, and is one of the few pre-meds in CMUNNY. Cesar was born in Colombia and moved to the U.S when he was seven, now living in Framingham, MA as a die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan. He still visits Colombia every summer to work in a hospital with his dad. Cesar is a huge movie fanatic who is often heard quoting Lord of the Rings and Star Wars at random times during the day and especially at Model UN competitions. Before having the honor of serving as Secretary General for CMUNNY 9 Cesar was one of the USG Committees for CMUNNY 8, and was the Crisis Director for the Colombian Ministry of Defense at CMUNNY VIII. As scary as it is to think of this as his last CMUNNY, Cesar hopes to continue the legacy of CMUNNY as one of the premier fall conferences on the circuit.
Dear Delegates and Advisers,
With the conclusion of what was undoubtedly another successful and engaging session of Columbia University’s Model United Nations in the City of New York, we are now pleased to announce that preparations are fully underway for next year’s CMUNNY 9. We welcome you next October 9th to 12th to what we promise will be another fantastic and unforgettable weekend in the city that never sleeps.
We have reviewed your feedback and were very happy to see that overall most delegates had a positive and enriching experience at CMUNNY 8. With this in mind, we nevertheless continue to find ways to innovate and push the boundaries of our comprehensive crisis experience while still adhering to our fundamental pillars of both fun and professionalism. We pride ourselves in redefining the limits of what crisis committees can achieve, and we look forward to continuing this trend to its fullest potential.
The new Secretariat is already hard at work, crafting and shaping the foundation of another compelling conference. We aim to bring together a fantastic, caring, and engaged crisis staff that will deliver a distinctively personal and captivating delegate experience to all attendees. We look forward to welcoming you back in October 2014, and will make sure to keep you updated on our preparations via our website, where we will continue to add more details on CMUNNY 9 over the coming months. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments you may have.
Best wishes for the New Year!
Grace is a rising junior in Columbia College, studying English Literature with a minor in Adolescent Education. Her concept of “home” is split between her birth town, San Francisco, and her family’s most recent home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. When not wondering why she doesn't take more classes with problem sets—for the sake of variety—Grace enjoys running in the various Manhattan parks, baking excessively, and perusing New Yorker comics. A past staffer of CMUNNY VII’s Ad Hoc committee and last year’s Chief of Staff, Grace is looking forward to further raising the bar of another excellent CMUNNY, and cannot wait to welcome the CMUNNY 9 delegates to New York in October.
Frank Pellegrino is a rising junior in Columbia University School of General Studies, working towards a B.A. in political science, specializing in international relations. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida before serving as an intelligence analyst in the United States Marine Corps. As a transfer student, he was the former head delegate for the Model United Nations delegation at Miami-Dade College and President of his campus’ Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society chapter. When he is not attempting to diagnose the onset of Vladimir Putin’s apparent vestiphobia, or coordinating the logistics of CMUNNY, he enjoys billiards, paintball, and classic car restoration projects. Frank is rather excited to be serving as Chief of Staff for his first CMUNNY. He doesn’t know half of you half as well as he should like; and he like less than half of you half as well as you deserve; but plans to fully rectify this via the unforgettable conference that will be CMUNNY 9.
Franco is a rising sophomore in Columbia College, double majoring in History and Political Science. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Franco moved to New Jersey at the age of seven. He visits his family in South America every summer, and loves exploring all parts of the globe. A Model U.N.'er since his freshman year of high school, Franco has lots of experience as a delegate, chair, and conference operator, so feel free to ask him any questions that you have! Besides his involvement with CIRCA, Franco has so far worked with Youth for Debate, the Columbia Daily Spectator, and the Roosevelt Institute, and is currently interning for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Outside of his intellectual pursuits, Franco is a huge soccer fan, a lover of languages, and a proud resident of NYC.
Michael is a rising junior in Columbia College studying political science and business management. Hailing from Clearwater, Florida, he opted to trade the beaches and blue skies of his childhood in favor of a more fast-paced, New York City lifestyle. Outside of the classroom and committee room, Michael enjoys exploring the city--seeing shows in midtown, getting brunch in the Village (because who doesn't love brunch?), or biking the Brooklyn Bridge--and taking it all in. Having staffed the past two CMUNNYs, he looks forward to being a part of making CMUNNY 9 an even more exciting and enriching experience.
Santiago is a rising junior at Columbia Engineering studying Biomedical Engineering and Economics. Born in Mexico City and raised in different cities around Mexico, Argentina, and Spain, he likes to think he can do passable Argentinian and Spanish accents, perhaps in an attempt to make up for the lack of a distinctive accent when speaking his maternal tongue. Also explained by his upbringing is his stubborn obsession with finding the best taco spots in New York, a quest that, he has learned, may never be completed. A part of Columbia’s CIRCA from almost the very first moment he got to campus, he discovered a joy and satisfaction in the design and execution of crisis committees, which is why he has proudly been a part of the CMUNNY staff for the last two years, as well as a somewhat irregular member of the club’s distinguished travel team. Having once considered playing tennis professionally before coming across abrupt reality checks, he still tries to find time throughout busy weeks to crack a couple forehands and serves. Santiago, or Happy as he was known back home, is honored to be a part of the talented team that is the CMUNNY 9 Secretariat and hopes the next edition of the conference will deliver more unique and thrilling experiences.
Michelle is a sophomore studying Economics and Computer Science. She grew up in the bustling metropolis of Rockford, Illinois. Michelle's interests, besides the stock market, include drawing, classical music, the Classics, watching movies, and playing the guitar and violin. She hopes to start a folk band, "..." (it's called Ellipsis but you can refer to it by just pausing). Her favorite movie is The Godfather, her favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, and her favorite color is blue. Michelle hopes you all have a wonderful experience at CMUNNY 9!
Anshul is currently a rising Sophomore at Columbia Engineering. An avid computer programmer, he has dedicated his efforts to using technology to enable social change for the physically handicapped. When not thinking about ‘making the world a better place’, he can be found procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter (in that order!). A past staffer of CMUNNY 8 as a Crisis Analyst, Anshul intends to utilize his rich MUN experience from high school conferences around the world in order to further improve the CMUNNY experience for staff and delegates alike.
Neha is a rising senior at Barnard, studying linguistics and political science. She is wicked proud to call Boston her hometown. When not working on CMUNNY, Neha can be found doing things. Neha previously worked as a Crisis Director for the Incas committee at CMUNNY VI, and as a chair for the Nigerian committee at last year’s CMUNNY 8. She is excited for CMUNNY.
Haley is a sophomore at Barnard College, studying English with a concentration in Film and Environmental Science. She hails from Quogue New York; a small beach community that is the summer home of many New Yorkers. Having thoroughly enjoyed her experience with previous CMUNNYs, she is thrilled to be a member of this extraordinary Secretariat for CMUNNY 9. Haley also serves as a member of CIRCA’s Social Board as Deputy Vice President of Social Affairs. When Haley isn’t planning exciting social events for CIRCA or working with the CMUNNY 9 Secretariat, she is an active member and social chair of Sigma Delta Tau. Haley prides herself on being a real life Elle Woods- a Model UN Sorority Girl.
Juliana Moraes Liu is a rising sophomore at Columba College majoring in Political Science-Statistics and concentrating in Business Management. Born from Brazilian and Chinese parents, Juliana grew up in a multicultural household in the heart of Silicon Valley and is excited to bring her passion for all things international to CMUNNY 9. When not busy trying to participate in every school activity that she can fit into her overbooked schedule, Juliana enjoys pretending to be a true New Yorker and hoping that she will never have to leave this incredible city she now (finally) calls home.
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