President's Letter

Dear Delegates, Parents and Faculty Advisors:

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to Harvard Model Congress Europe 2021! Our names are Nyla Brewster and Melody Wang, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome you to the 2021 conference.

To begin, Nyla is a junior at Harvard from Boston, MA studying Social Studies and Computer Science. In the past year, Nyla served first as HMCE’s Presiding Officer for International Committees and later as Vice President. She has also been a staffer for a number of other HMC conferences in Boston, Singapore, Tokyo, and later this year, Dubai. On campus, she is also involved with the Social Innovation and Change Initiative along with Harvard Consulting on Business and the Environment. Along with Melody, Nyla is extremely excited to deliver an amazing HMCE conference for 2021!

Melody is a junior at Harvard originally from Atlanta, GA, studying Government with a Language Citation in Mandarin Chinese. She previously served as the HMCE 2020 Director of Communications and staffed the HMCE in 2019. Outside of HMC, she’s involved in the Harvard College Consulting Group, the Institute of Politics, and has staffed conferences throughout Boston, SF, and Tokyo. Education and public service have been focal points of her college experience, and she’s so excited to be working alongside Nyla to put on an incredible educational experience for all delegates from all walks of life.

This year, the rest of the HMCE Executive Board and I look forward to working alongside you in Madrid. Our team of nearly 40 committee chairs has begun preparations for this conference, and our outstanding 2021 Executive Board is committed to cultivating a transformative educational experience for every delegate. You also may have noticed (or will soon notice) some of our Executive Board’s other work for this conference: over the past few months, we have worked hard to introduce new committee offerings tailored to today’s rapidly changing world, create an educational materials library, and plan to offer a Delegate Social that allows for more social interaction outside of committee time. All of these changes were made with you — the Delegates, Parents, and Faculty Advisors of HMCE — in mind, and we hope you are as excited about them as we are.

Last year, our conference faced unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 global health pandemic, resulting in the cancellation of the conference. We know this was a disappointment to all, including our executive board, staffers, as well as students who were excited to attend the conference, but we want to ensure you that with our upcoming conference, public well-being and financial accessibility remain at the helm of our conference priorities, alongside maintaining a strong educational experience for all delegates. Our Executive Board is working diligently to put on a safe and meaningful conference, and we look forward to seeing you all in Madrid in March 2021.

To those returning, we are grateful for your continued dedication to this conference. To our new HMCE members, we are excited to welcome you to the family.

With gratitude,

Nyla Brewster & Melody Wang
HMCE 2021 Co-Presidents