Michael Bruce is currently a rising junior at Harvard college, studying English with a secondary in Economics. While Michael was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he moved to Puerto Rico at the age of seven after Hurricane Katrina forced his family to evacuate the city. His mother is from Puerto Rico, so they stayed with her sister temporarily before they finally settled down in their current house in Guaynabo, packed with their extended family: one sister, four dogs and way too many cats. Moving to a nation with a completely distinct culture and language brought a bit of growing pains. Nevertheless, Michael is happy to say that Puerto Rico has become his home, and judging from his replacing of “r’s” with “l’s” in Spanish and his love for any meal that incorporates plátano (preferably fried), he is confident that Puerto Rico has also accepted me.
His Model United Nations career began reluctantly in his sophomore year of high school. Michael was interested in the idea of competing in MUN but was hesitant to commit himself to a new and time-consuming extracurricular activity. At his school, most of the delegates had been in MUN since middle school, so there was an in-group / out-group dynamic that he found intimidating. Michael wanted to avoid the growing pains of adapting to a new environment. Besides, “I had the computer club and school to worry about”, he justified to himself. Ready to let the opportunity to compete at the first conference of the year slip away, Michael was luckily badgered by his good friends to double del with him in an International Labor Organization (ILO) committee. Michael agreed, quietly expecting ILO to be his first and last conference of his MUN career.
However, like in an SA, expectations often do not match reality. Six years later, and not only is Michael still competing in MUN, but he has undergone a role reversal. Through ICMUN, HMUN, and HNMUN, Michael has become the person motivating others to partake in this amazingly formative extracurricular activity, especially within the specialized agency organ. Ironically, the teenager that feared change is now enamored by the machine-gun pace of debate and the inundating number of crises updates that are characteristic of the specialized agency organ.
His vision for the Specialized Agency Organ is grounded in this belief that Specialized Agencies provides delegates and staff an opportunity to grow through their own creative initiative. While GA’s and ECOSOC’s are strict debate environments, full of constrictive adherence to parliamentary procedure and resolution formatting, the SA is a moldable, feedback loop of a committee that encourages delegates to improve themselves with each additional committee session. Michael wants the SA to be full of creative energy that has been repurposed to in a formative manner. Feel free to contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with questions or concerns.