United States Senate
Agenda: Police Reform in the United States of America
Cries to “abolish the police” have been heard at protests for almost half a century, but it seems like the movement for police reform has finally reached its tipping point in the United States. With the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the nation and the pandemic forcing a country to examine deeply rooted racism that it has long brushed under the carpet, the time for reorganization and transformation has finally arrived. The future of policing as an institution, not only in the country that leads the free world but also across the globe, is up to this committee to decide.
The goal of this committee is to address the systemic problems with policing in the US and draft a bill with a solution that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient. This will not be as straightforward as it may seem, for senators must address the layered complexities surrounding policing, including racial profiling, laws that protect police, mass incarceration, gun regulation and criminal justice amongst many others. The real life US Senate reflects a wide range of views on the topic, ranging from conservative views of no need for reform to those that support the abolition of the police entirely.
This committee must operate in the interest of the American people while still including the agendas of parties and lobbyists, as well as the voting histories and political ideals of the Senators it comprises. Remember, the repercussions of the actions of the US Senate not only impact 300 million lives but ripple out to the rest of the world too. Act wisely.
Letter from the Director
Welcome to the 25th edition of the Cathedral Model United Nations Conference! My name is Avni Vats and I am super excited to be serving as your director for the United States Senate.
I’m a Year 12 student studying in the IB Diploma program at Cathedral and my primary academic interests are Physics and Math, although I also enjoy Economics. I’m fascinated by the application of science to sustainability and solving social issues. I have attended many Model UN conferences as a delegate and I was also an Assistant Director at CMUN 2020. What I like the most about Model UN is that it forces us to look at issues from unique perspectives and value each one - regardless of its morality or whether or not we agree with it. I think that this is a really important skill in an increasingly polarised political climate. Of course, I think Model UN is also great because you get to learn about contemporary issues in depth and come up with solutions that could - ideally - be applied to real-world scenarios. Besides my passion for Model UN, I am a competitive swimmer and I enjoy reading, watching sitcoms and baking. But enough about me - let me introduce you to the committee.
Police reform is an urgent and relevant topic in the 21st century, especially in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the globe and the Covid-19 pandemic throwing light on the shortcomings of this institution. As the leader of the free world, what better country to lead the way for police reform than the United States of America. The goal of this committee is to address the systemic problems with policing in the US, taking into account the nuances of racial discrimination, police brutality, gun control and mass incarceration.
These are just a few of the subtleties of the police as an institution that this committee will address. As delegates in a regional committee with portfolios, Senators will have to balance their personal priorities as politicians alongside the interests of their parties, lobbyists and of course, the American People. You will need to have an in-depth understanding of American politics and the history of your individual portfolio to thrive in this committee.
I look forward to seeing you all in August. Until then, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about committee or CMUN.
United States Senate