HOUSE I

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Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Latin America 2016! My name is Nida Ansari, and I’m so excited to get to know you all while serving as your chair for the Senate I committee.

As delegates in this committee, you’ll have the opportunity to debate a variety of issues that touch the lives of the American people. This year, one of our briefings will consider the questions surrounding organ donation in the United States. The current system is in dire need of reform — there just isn’t currently a large enough supply of donated organs to fill the demand that exists for them. I hope that you will use your time in committee to present and debate potential solutions to this pressing issue and, in the process, think critically about the ethical, legal, and economic issues that are at play. The second briefing in this committee explores the role of public sector unions in the American economy. Unions have historically played a large role in protecting the rights of working class Americans, but in many cases, unions may also lead to more inefficient allocations of resources. As senators, it will be your job to debate what place unions should have in the public sector.

I look forward to hearing all of your ideas and opinions, and I’m excited to be a part of your HMCLA experience. As your chair, my goal is to help you engage in intellectually stimulating debates, forge meaningful relationships, and have lots of fun along the way.

A little about me: I’m a rising junior from Greenville, South Carolina, concentrating in Economics here at Harvard. Last year, I staffed HMC conferences in Asia, Europe, Boston, and San Francisco. Outside of HMC, I’m involved with organizing events at the JFK Jr. Forum at the Harvard Institute of Politics, as well as staffing Model UN conferences.

Feel free to email me at any point if you have questions! I’m so excited to meet you all in a few months.

Sincerely,

Nida Ansari