After participating in virtual conferences since the beginning of the school year, 25 SMCHS delegates joined together for the first in-person conference of the 2020-2021 school year. The Santa Margarita International Rules Conference (SMIRC), held April 10-11, provided delegates with an introduction to the “THIMUN,” or international-style of debate. The conference was led by Dagny Streit '22 and Celine Bacily '23.
This year, the conference simulated The Commission of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and invited delegates to debate two global topics: access to healthcare in prisons and gender discrimination in the healthcare system. Delegates diligently worked to generate thoughtful speeches, comments, and resolutions throughout the debate and discover solutions to these issues. These two topics also reflected Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 16 – good health and wellbeing and peace, justice, and strong institutions, respectively. Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.” Delegates were asked to keep these goals in mind when crafting solutions. These Sustainable Development Goals were additionally applied through numerous service projects completed during the conference. Delegates collaborated in advocating for the wellbeing of not only those in need but their fellow students on campus. They assembled cards and hygiene kits for the homeless and participated in a food drive where all collections were donated to Family Assistance Ministries. Additionally, delegates decorated posters and the campus sidewalk with uplifting messages for students to read when returning from Easter Break.
Through both the debate and service work presented by these delegates, SMIRC introduced the THIMUN rules and inspired delegates to actively apply the Sustainable Development Goals. SMRIC granted SM delegates their first experience of international MUN, while allowing them to support their community.
Santa Margarita’s award-winning Model United Nations program catapults students into the world of diplomacy and international relations with students participating in mock United Nations meetings with students across the globe. Student participation is an extracurricular commitment but also integrated into the honors social studies curriculum. For more information on Santa Margarita’s Model United Nations program visit, www.smhs.org/mun.