G20 Summit

Chair: Maeve Simon,

Background Guide

Topic A: Sustainable Food

Topic B: The Future of Work

My name is Maeve Simon, and I will be serving as the committee chair for the G20. I am a sophomore at Notre Dame in the College of Arts and Letters studying Economics, Sociology, and Spanish. I am originally from Chicago, IL. In addition to being a member of the Notre Dame Model UN team, I am also a huge Cubs and Blackhawks fan, interhall flag football team member and hall council commissioner.

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a conference of the world's major economies with the mission to develop international policies that address present economic challenges. In the face of an evolving international economy, the G20 is a necessary and pragmatic voice in economic discussions within the international community. In this committee session, the G20 will focus on policies surrounding a sustainable food future and the future of work. Note that this committee will run at an intermediate level, so some background experience with Model UN is recommended.

United States Senate

Chair: Lisa Michelini,

Background Guide

Topic A: Labor Policy

Topic B: The Status of Marijuana

Hi, my name is Lisa Michelini and I am a junior from Schaumburg, IL studying political science with a minor in public policy and a certificate in international security. I am passionate about international affairs and foreign policy, and I am a huge news junkie. This is my second year competing in MUN. Last year, I served as the vice-chair of the US senate committee at NDMUNII.  I shamelessly love country music, science fiction, and Hamilton.

The U.S. Senate committee will replicate both the policymaking and political dimensions of the Senate. We will be simulating how legislators combine party allegiance, policy goals, and personal ambitions in order to make decisions- all in the context of a dynamic political environment. We will look at areas of policy that raise fundamental questions regarding our values as a society and that also intersect a variety of related policy areas. Specifically, labor policy and the status of marijuana. This committee uses a slightly different procedure and a slightly more involved style of participation, and as such allows delegates to be creative and think differently than they would in a traditional GA or crisis.