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Dearest delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress, and welcome to Senate II (aka the better Senate)!

The Senate is one of the most powerful and prestigious institutions in U.S. politics, and you should be proud to serve as one of its members. The Senate takes on issues across the policy spectrum, and the two topics for this year—campaign finance reform and organ donation—are certainly representative of that diversity. You’ll have the opportunity to grapple with the intricacies of election law one day and medical ethics the next, all while learning about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process more generally.

In addition to these policy topics, you’ll also gain a greater understanding of the American political landscape. All delegates are assigned an actual U.S. Senator to portray, and I encourage you invest enough time in research so you can accurately convey their positions. Some of the best HMC moments occur when we perfectly mirror debates going on in the halls of Congress. My goal throughout this entire process is for all of you to walk away with great leadership experience and new respect for a career in public service.

Now a few words about your chair:

I’m a rising sophomore from Oregon, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. I’m especially interested in the intersection between law and economics as well as public policy research, which explains my participation in HMC. It’s also one of the many reasons I’m so excited to be staffing this particular committee! Outside the classroom I tutor Harvard employees applying for U.S. citizenship, write for an education policy research group, and love getting into nature any time I can—especially backpacking.

Feel free to reach out at any time if you have a question or just want to introduce yourself. I can’t wait for HMCLA 2016, and I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

All the best,

Ben Delsman