Committee Name: J. J. Roberts’ Cabinet, Liberia 1847
Undersecretary-General: Suraag Srinivas
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Yasmeen El-Hasan
Chair and Crisis Manager: Lindsay Sergi and Jaylan Smith
Topic A: Economic Development and Sustainability
Topic B: Relations with Indigenous People
Topic C: Affairs with International Actors and Independence
The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Chair and Crisis Manager
Welcome to the 55th Annual North American Invitational Model United Nations conference, and especially to Joseph Jenkins Roberts’s Cabinet in the Cabinets organ! We’re excited to welcome you to Washington, D.C. for what we promise will be a weekend full of lively debate and stimulating dialogue. As a group of influential leaders in the founding colonies of Liberia, you as delegates will deal with all of the challenges regarding building the recently independent state– everything from balancing relations with the indigenous and fighting economic struggles to combating disease and establishing a government. More than anything, this is a weekend to learn, meet new people, and test your own skills in debate and diplomacy. We also encourage you to take advantage of everything else that this conference has to offer outside of committee.
Your chair, Lindsay Sergi, is originally from Moorestown, New Jersey. She’s a senior in the class of 2018 in the McDonough School of Business, studying International Business. She’s also a Global Business fellow, a program that allows her to take graduate classes in the School of Foreign Service. Lindsay started Model UN her sophomore year of high school and hasn’t looked back since. She’s staffed both NCSC and NAIMUN, and served as Director of Marketing for NCSC XLIII, in addition to traveling with Georgetown’s Model UN team. When not doing Model UN, Lindsay is doing budgets and spreadsheets as Treasurer for GU Pride. Outside of classes and clubs, Lindsay enjoys reading news, catching up on her favorite comics, and binge-watching Netflix.
Your Crisis Manager, Jaylan Smith, has been to pretty much every corner in the U.S., having lived in seven states growing up. But for him, California will always be home (his friends would describe him as “aggressively Californian”) and he can’t wait to be back. He’s currently a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service studying Arabic, Arab Studies, and International Economics. When not spending time exploring D.C. with his friends, he loves listening to all types of music, maintaining a twitter he describes as “fire,” and napping. He has a personal connection to this committee- Joseph Jenkins Roberts is actually his great-great- great grandfather! As such, he’s so excited to learn more about this committee along with all of you and have a great weekend.
You have likely been told at some point to not simply be a bystander. Rather, engage with the people around you. NAIMUN is an incredible arena that brings together young diplomats from the world over. Attending NAIMUN, whether for your first time or your fourth, is an incomparable experience because of the people here. Do not stand idle as the conference goes on. Get involved in your committee and succinctly state your opinion—your peers will be listening!
On behalf of our entire staff, we would like to welcome you to NAIMUN for a memorable weekend of lively and constructive debate. See you in committee!
Lindsay Sergi and Jaylan Smith
Chair and Crisis Manager, J. J. Roberts’ Cabinet