The Jefferson Committee on Diplomacy is one of VAMUN’s two ad hoc committees. It aims to highlight the diplomatic skills Thomas Jefferson, UVa’s founder, possessed and prized. The background guide for this committee will be released three days before the first conference session. This makes JCD a particularly realistic simulation since policymakers have limited time to evaluate issues before addressing them. The focus of JCD is not compiling the most thorough research, but rather making the best possible decisions in the absence of perfect information. This committee is suited for experienced delegates comfortable with fast paced debate, strategic thinking, and great uncertainty. It is our ultimate aim to challenge delegates beyond what they have experienced in any other committee, forcing them to devise creative solutions to scenarios they could never possibly predict. Adaptability and ingenuity thus will be nothing short of key.
Ankita Satpathy is a third year student from Monroe Township, New Jersey. She is in the Politics Honors program and is also studying history. She's specifically interested in questions of diplomacy and development. At U.Va., Ankita serves as the Vice Chair for Hearings for the Honor Committee, and a Research Assistant in the Politics Department. Ankita has been involved in Model UN since high school and loves creating unique committees to serve as engaging learning experiences for the delegates. VAMUN in particular is a conference very close to her heart, as she served as Secretary General last year. This year, she is excited to build a challenging committee environment for specialized committee delegates, and looks forward to meeting everyone in November!