GatorMUN offers three styles of committees for delegates that wish to diversify their skill set. We believe that offering these types of committees will enable both new and returning delegates to improve their debate, public speaking, and problem solving skills.
General Assembly Committees
General Assembly committees are the classical form of Model UN committees. Delegates are assigned a specific country in United Nations-affiliated organizations. An Assembly committee is not only highly structured, but also enormously formal. Delegates must embody their assigned Member State’s ideologies, regardless of personal beliefs, while also adhering to strict Parliamentary Procedure.
Specialized Committees are unique committees that are rarely found on the Model United Nations circuit. They incorporate elements from both General Assembly committees and Crisis committees, offering delegates the chance to experience some of the excitement of Crisis while being firmly grounded in realistic topics with solutions that have modern applications. Directors are encouraged to carry out their creative ideas, and these committees can be truly uncommon.
They can be UN bodies with specialized elements such as a historical or futuristic setting, rotating topics, crisis updates, or a special singular focus (ex: Geneva Convention).
They can also be real non-UN bodies/organizations (with or without specialized elements), such as the International Olympic Committee, EU Parliament, or GatorMUN's own Press Corps.
Crisis Committees are reactionary committees that allow delegates to think on their feet. They can be set in modern, historical, futuristic, or even fantasy settings. Delegates represent characters rather than countries, but are still expected to pursue both their character's personal goals and the goals of the organization that they represent, regardless of personal beliefs. .
The most radical difference between Assembly and Crisis committees is the introduction of crises during committee sessions. The occurrence of crises is either driven by committee/individual actions or by outside factors simulated by the crisis staff.
Delegates in Crisis committees can take actions behind the scenes to pursue their interests. For instance, a delegate could plot a coup or declare war (depending on his or her portfolio powers) by communicating with outside world (such as a spouse, government official, or even a hitman) through writing "crisis notes." The crisis staff will simulate a response to the note and make sure that it impacts the direction of the committee.