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Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Latin America and to the Senate Committee! My name is Marc Bornstein, and I’m thrilled to be chairing this committee. I can’t wait to meet you in just a few short months.

HMCLA is going to be an incredible and informative experience. This committee will push you to think deeply about the nature of politics and the issues you care about. In particular, you will be considering policies regarding access to voting and privacy laws, areas that fundamentally important in any healthy democracy. You will be asked to tackle difficult and controversial questions, analyze information, cooperate with fellow delegates, and develop meaningful policy solutions. Most importantly, you will work amid passionate and intelligent students from across Latin America with whom you can bounce around ideas. I hope that HMC will make you more aware of relevant political issues, and more importantly, better equipped to tackle these issues confidently.

Both in and out of committee, you, as members of the United States Senate, will get to experience the legislative process first-hand. You’ll get a chance to see how the United States Congress, and really any other governing body around the world, works at the most fundamental level – the challenges of lawmaking, the importance of debate and compromise, and the pursuit of just and effective legislation. I encourage you to research your positions thoroughly and think critically about the key problems and how you might go about solving them. I recommend you embrace the role of your Senator and consider what leads them to think the way they do, even if you don’t agree on all of their positions. Hopefully, you’ll leave the conference with a sense that working as a public official is both worthwhile and rewarding job.

I’m excited to get to know you all and to work together to tackle some of these issues. If you want to introduce yourself or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

Looking forward to seeing you in August!