Global Classrooms Conference, HS

An International Model UN Conference

Thursday, May 11th - Saturday, May 13th

Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC

Registration is closed

Position Papers due by Sunday, April 30th

(If we fill up prior to this date we will announce that registration is closing early)

EVENT POLICIES

PARENT COORDINATOR

Amy Shulman

Logistical questions about the conference should be addressed to the Parent Coordinator.

FOR WHOM

We have attended the GCI Middle School MUN Conference for the last 4 years. This international Model UN conference hosts more than 1,600 participants from a variety of countries. Most of the students in our class attended this conference last year and absolutely loved it. Opening ceremonies are held at the United Nations. The kids learned a lot and it was very exciting and fun. There are lots of students attending from all over the world. Westfield has been incredibly successful winning an amazing 16 awards!! This year, we are very excited to be attending the GCI High School Conference for the second time. Because we are not attending the GCI Middle School Conference, middle schoolers are welcome to join us for this one.

Country Assignment

Ecuador

Committee Assignments

Security Council (SC)
Effect of Terrorism on Human Rights - Piper Gibson

Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
Illicit Arms as a Threat to Global Security - Ariel Mayer

Human Rights Council (HRC)
Institutional Racism in Design & Practice - Ben Manus

Historical Security Council (HSC)
The 1950 Korean War - Patrick Henderson

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Nuclear Waste Disposal - Oliver Shulman

International Labor Organization (ILO)
Green Economy & Sustainable Growth - Marlah Hohlfelder

International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Maritime Pollution - Gianna Weideman

World Bank (WB)
Balancing Financial Stability & Development in Low-Income Countries - Kay-Lin Koh

LODGING

It is Westfield policy that parents do not attend debate competitions or MUN conferences unless they are judging or helping Westfield in some other essential capacity. When attending out-of-state competitions and conferences and those that require an overnight stay, students travel and stay together in the hotel as a team. The exceptions to this are the GCI Middle School MUN Conference and the Boston Middle School MUN Conference where parents may stay with their children in the hotel.   Because we are not attending GCI Middle School MUN, we have decided to make an exception this year for the GCI High School MUN Conference:  Parents may stay with their children but are not required to.

Mrs. H. has reserved a limited number of rooms in the Grand Hyatt where she will be staying. Even though she got a deal on the rooms, they are still expensive. Mrs. Shulman, our Parent Coordinator, will provide you with this information. Parents are free to make whatever lodging and commuting plans are most convenient for them. A few families shared rooms last year to reduce the cost. One of the families had hotel points so they stayed at another hotel and brought their kids each day. Please let the Parent Coordinator know your plans once they are firmed up. If parents would prefer to have their child come with the team, please let the Parent Coordinator know.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Security is very tight. This is a drop-off event. Parents who come to New York are not allowed to attend the Conference Events. Parents who are staying with their children should plan to drop their child with Mrs. H. and/or the Parent Coordinator in the morning at the appointed time and place and return at the posted pick up time. Parents are free to spend the day in the city.  Mrs. H. will have a set place to meet the kids who are commuting each morning and again at the end of each day.  It is critical that everyone be on time because we have to go up as a group.  Mrs. H. will bring the group up at the appointed time so that the children can get to their committees on time.  If a child is late, please call Mrs. H. and let her know.  She will come down to meet you in the lobby as soon as she gets the other participants settled. 

Parents are not allowed upstairs.  Parents, please respect your denied access to this event. This is an invitational event and we want to do everything possible to avoid compromising our team's good standing relationship with GCI.   This is an international event. Security is strict. This is good!  Also, please bring any concerns or questions regarding the event directly to Mrs. H. A few years ago, a parent consulted directly with an event coordinator and then disregarded what they were told and went into a restricted access area. The Conference took this very seriously. There are children from all over the world participating and they take their security very seriously.  It took much time and effort on Mrs. H.'s part to smooth things over with GCI. Ann Walsh Henderson is our go-to-person for all things relating to this event. How lucky are we!  If you have a question or concern, ask her. Delegates are not permitted to leave the premises at any time. Faculty advisors will be contacted if delegates are found loitering in the hotel lobby or hallways during committee hours. Collectively our delegates and parents represent Westfield Academy....It only takes one Bad Egg to damage our ability to attend in the future. Westfield students have always represented our school community and themselves incredibly well and we have a wonderful reputation. We never want that to change.  

At the last few GCI Conferences Mrs. H. has been able to arrange to let the parents attend the Final Awards Ceremony which is very exciting. She will do her best again this year but there is no guarantee.  

LUNCHES 

Must be prepared in the mornings!  Delegates will need to have a packed lunch to take with them in the morning so please plan ahead. Schools who try to go into Grand Central for lunch invariably are late returning and miss valuable committee time. We don't want our kids in that position so please come up with a plan for your child. One option if your child will be staying with the team is to send them with a insulated bag of food so they can put together a lunch each morning. In past years we have had a refrigerator in the room. We suggest you also send them with snacks.  

FEES 

$260 per delegate; this includes non-refundable school and delegate registration and participation fee for the three days. This fee does not include individual hotel or coach expenses which will be calculated closer to the event date.

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