The Northeast Regional Model United Nations conference convened at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania January 9-11, 2009. The conference drew approximately 1200 delegates hailing from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York.

New Jersey resident Dan Morse led the conference in the role of Secretary General. He was supported by a team of forty-five chairs and vice chairs who ran a variety of committees.

The student and adult leadership teams of Model UN collaborated to enact three major changes to the conference. A conference-wide theme of climate change was established. Consequently, each committee devoted time to tackling this far-reaching issue from a different angle. Additionally, the conference included an Ambassadors’ Dinner, during which delegates were seated according to the countries they were representing. Thirdly, delegates and officers were surprised by the introduction of an international crisis scenario, which was designed primarily by MUN college advisors.

Though the delegates enjoyed and learned from debate time in committee, the impact of Model UN was more profound than the knowledge they gained. Said Morse: “I think what the conference became for me, and for a lot of people is, that they didn’t know how it would affect them. The emotions, messages, and tone it brought is something people don’t expect.”