Dear Delegates,

Our names are Taylor Whitsell and Francisco Cernada and we will be your Senior Staffers respectively at HMCA this year! We are both so incredibly excited to meet you all in person this March. Here’s a little bit more about us:

Taylor is a second-year student studying Government. In addition to HMC, he is involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics and is a research assistant on the American Secretaries of State Project. He is passionate about studying American grand strategy, national security, and post-conflict resolution. Originally from Danville, Kentucky, he is also an avid runner, chips and salsa lover, and Shonda Rhimes addict.

Francisco is a third-year student studying Social Studies with a focus on Migration and Incorporation in the United States. Beyond HMC, he coordinates an after-school program in Boston, dances hip-hop, works at a tech company, and is involved in local politics with his State Representative back home in Houston. He is interested in immigration reform, international relations, and Netflix Originals.

As members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the American policy process as well as familiarity with foreign policy and international relations. This year, our briefings are on the Leahy Amendment and the controversial U.S. detention facility, Guantanamo Bay. We hope that these topics will challenge your perspectives on the issues, allow you to understand them in an American context, and give you insight into one of the most important Standing Committees in the US Senate.

In addition to working with complicated issues, we really look forward to building a community of learners together. We are lucky to welcome delegates from all over the world and we encourage you to learn from one another and also have a lot of fun together. The two of us are dedicated to making this conference as enriching for you as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the conference or about life as a college student. We cannot express how excited we are to meet you all and look forward to being one of the best committees of HMCD.

See you soon!
Taylor and Francisco