Beginning with JoMUN XV, the position of “Chair” has become more difficult to achieve than it has been before. In an interview with Xiluva Mbugela, Chair of General Assembly 3, and Carolina Maria De Sousa Cunha, Chair of Environmental Commission, we gained an insight into how these two individuals made it to their prestigious positions.
Mbugela stated that this is her second year doing JoMUN while Cunha is participating for her third year. Cunha’s first year being a part of the conference was in 10th Grade when she first arrived at AISJ. She decided that year that she wanted to become a Chair. When asked how they achieved these titles, the two girls recalled going through an intensive training program at the end of the last academic year and having to pass a written exam at the end of this process. This was surprising as interviews have been the more common method in past years. Both also admitted to feeling nervous when applying for their respective positions as they “have been working towards this since [their] respective introductions to JoMUN.” Cunha divulged her source of study for the written test: the study guideline booklet created by last year’s Secretary General, Herschel Jain. Finally, both leaders agreed that to be a chair, one must be determined, comfortable speaking to other people in a public setting, and hardworking as these characteristics ensure success in JoMUN as well as in other areas such as keeping up with all the other work that goes along with being a good student.
In conclusion, many years of MUN experience is not a requirement for becoming a chair. However, this experience is still necessary as this allows the individual to become familiar with the rules and procedures of the JoMUN conference. More importantly, one must possess the traits typically associated with any leadership position. Hence, it is entirely possible for any student with at least one year of experience to become a chair, as long as they exemplify the traits of a good leader and have a good understanding of the conference.
Students from visiting schools can also apply for these leadership roles. To apply for such a role in JoMUN XVI, email Dr. Maloney at email@example.com.