PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Delegates, Faculty, and Friends,

 

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2022! On behalf of our Executive Board and staff, I want to thank you for joining us for our 22nd conference.

 

Since its founding in 2001, HMCSF has brought countless high school students from across the United States and from around the world to our conference. While we come from different places and backgrounds, we all share a passion for government, democracy, and civic engagement. Over the course of our conference, delegates will have the opportunity to debate pressing issues facing the United States government and collaborate with each other to develop thoughtful bipartisan solutions.

 

Last year, our conference looked radically different. Instead of convening in San Francisco, we adapted to the public health restrictions of COVID-19 and hosted our conference virtually for the first time ever. For you and for us, it was disappointing to miss out on the magic of coming together in person, but our staff and I were impressed and inspired by the resilience and excitement of our delegates. This year, given high vaccination rates and an improved public health outlook in the United States, we will be pleased to welcome you back to the Hilton San Francisco Financial District on January 16th-18th, 2022.

 

In recent months, we have seen the wide-ranging impacts government can have on our everyday lives. We know that government can both divide and unify, and that the seeds of democracy need attentive care if they are to flourish. The crises of the last few months have shown just how much effort is required for democracy to thrive, but they have also shown how willing our country’s young people are to step up and contribute. That is why we have chosen “Democracy Starts with Us” for this year’s conference theme. Our goal is to empower delegates to find issues they care about and inspire them to get involved in politics, whether by voting in an election, helping a campaign, or simply volunteering for an elected official.

 

I hope you will join us for Harvard Model Congress San Francisco this January. If you have any questions about registration or the conference, please reach out to info@hmcsanfran.org. We are happy to answer any questions you have. I look forward to meeting you in January and to creating an engaging educational experience for our delegates once again.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Wallace

President

Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2022