Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress, and welcome to House Science, Space, and Technology!

The House 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 House takes on a variety of issues that span the policy spectrum, and the topics we are covering at HMC Middle East this year - nuclear energy and expanding Internet access - are certainly representative of that diversity. Beyond delving into the intricacies of these policy topics, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process more generally.

In order to help you gain a greater understanding of the American political landscape, each delegate is assigned an actual U.S. Representative to portray. We encourage you to invest enough time in research so you can accurately convey these positions. Some of the best HMC moments occur when we perfectly mirror debates going on in the halls of Congress. Our 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 chairs:

Ben is a sophomore concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Neuroscience. His interest is in behavioral economics and its applications for law, public policy, and national security. It’s these interests that have led him to our amazing committee. Outside the classroom, he is a research assistant at the Kennedy School and the Business School as well as a civics teacher for a fifth grade class in Boston.

Raquel is a sophomore concentrating in Government with a secondary in East Asian Studies and a citation in Mandarin. She is particularly interested in the intersection between international relations and law. The resulting implications for public policy are what makes her so excited to staff this committee! Beyond academics and HMC, Raquel is a peer advising fellow for freshmen, a tutor for Harvard employees applying for U.S. citizenship, and a research assistant at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Feel free to reach out at any time if you have a question or just want to introduce yourself. We can’t wait for HMCME 2017, and we look forward to meeting all of you soon!


Ben and Raquel