Federal Senate of Brazil
It is December 2015. The president of the Brazil, Dilma Rousseff has just begun her impeachment trial. The senate of Brazil is scrambling amidst a crumbling government, rumors of corruption and bribery within their ranks, and rapidly declining approval from its constituents. Furthermore, the onset of the 2016 Summer Olympics to take place in Rio de Janeiro has faced several issues of public disapproval from infrastructure issues to pollution concerns to a potential epidemic of the Zika virus that has athletes and fans all over the world hesitant to even come to this worldwide event. In the chaos of it all, the Federal Senate must meet to tackle these issues and any further crises to not only rebuild and reform the government, but to successfully showcase their country’s best and brightest upon a global stage. Will the Senate be able to handle everything that comes their way?
Topic A: Rebuilding the Government
Topic B: Social Issues and Olympics Planning
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Letter from the Chair
Welcome to JHUMUNC! My name is Catherine Yin and I am excited to be your chair for the committee, Federal Senate of Brazil. I have been involved with MUN since high school, when I spent two years attending conferences as a delegate. This will be the fourth (and last!) JHUMUNC I am participating in and I’m thrilled to experience it with all of you. I grew up in Shanghai, China but I am currently living in Sacramento, California. In previous years for JHUMUNC, I have served as a dais and crisis staffer. At JHUMUNC 2017, I was chair of Government of Thailand 2014.
At Hopkins, I’m a senior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Psychology, with a pre-medical track. Even though my studies may seem unrelated to the topics discussed at JHUMUNC, the great times I have every year keep bringing me back. On campus, I am also involved with the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, vice president of the community service organization Cooking 4 Love, and an undergraduate researcher in a lab within the Biology Department. I have also interned abroad in a genetics lab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.
The instability of the government of Brazil is a reflection of the overall political unrest in the global community. In this committee, we will explore the corruption and scandals within the government while the country prepares to stand upon the global stage for the 2016 Summer Olympics. I look forward to exploring these topics with you in a fast-paced and intense environment!
Chair of Federal Senate of Brazil