Dear Honorable Delegates,
My name is Sophie Mirviss and I am pleased to announce that I will be Chair for the Senate Committee on the U.S. Recession (2008). I would first off like to welcome you all to JHUMUNC 2017! I am so excited for this year’s conference, and truly hope you will have an amazing experience. I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I am currently a junior at Hopkins, studying International Studies and Economics. Aside from being active in JHUMUNC on campus, I am also a member of the Hopkins Model UN Team, Hopkins J Street U, Hopkins Democrats, and I work for the International Studies Program. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, and finding unique coffee shops.
I became involved with Model UN my first year at Johns Hopkins. After joining the travel team here, I decided that I wanted to help organize the same experience for high school students so they could enjoy Model UN as much as I did. Last year in JHUMUNC 2016, I served as a dais staff member for Legal Committee 2050. I was so impressed with the spirit and commitment each student brought to committee every session. In addition, I loved the students’ innovative thinking and discussion that sparked intense debate and was constantly opening up new dialogue.
This year, we turn our attention to the 2008 U.S. Recession. This recession was the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s. The Great Recession highlighted many shortcomings and pitfalls within the United States economic system; however, the two issues our committee will be focusing on are the housing bubble and the automobile bailout. The housing bubble, thought to be the biggest bubble in history, took the U.S. economy by surprise. It allowed for increased uncertainty, depressed investment and consumption, and caused many people to lose their homes. The automobile bailout was an extremely contentious decision made by the Obama administration that prevented the United States from furthering it’s downward economic spiral; yet it also greatly increased governmental control over the industry and used large sums of tax dollars to do so. It is our job as U.S. Senators within the Committee on the U.S. Recession (2008) to find unique approaches to improve the American economy and prevent such a recession from happening ever again.
Prepare yourself to be an active contributor during committee sessions, and I promise you will have an unforgettable experience at JHUMUNC 2017. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at any time with all questions or concerns you may have regarding the conference or anything in general. I cannot wait to meet you all in February and have an absolutely great conference!
Chair of the Senate Committee on the U.S. Recession (2008)