Hello Harvard Model Congress!
Our names are Meena Venkataramanan and Amanda Stetz and we’re excited to be your staffers for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions! First, here’s a little information about ourselves:
Meena is a junior in Adams House from Tucson, Arizona pursuing a joint degree in English and South Asian Studies. She is passionate about the intersection of law, politics, and journalism. Outside of HMC, Meena is the founder of the Harvard South Asian Americans in Public Service (SAAPS) initiative and Stories from the Border, a journalistic platform dedicated to immigration and border stories. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing about American political trends, First Amendment law, and English literature (her favorite literary movement is Transcendentalism).
Amanda is a sophomore in Lowell House studying computer science and government. She is originally from Clifton, New Jersey and is passionate about education and the arts. Outside of the classroom Amanda is a graphic designer for the Crimson, Harvard's student-run newspaper, and can be found drawing, painting and working with studio arts organizations on campus. This is her first time staffing with HMC and she is excited to meet you all!
As a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), you’ll get the chance to tackle topics surrounding America’s long-term interests. The Committee on HELP has the important roles of (1) guiding Senate decision making on issues of public health and social welfare and (2) creating regulations regarding labor, employment and pensions. Throughout the conference you’ll be undertaking two briefing topics especially important to HELP this year: 1) low-income K-12 schools and 2) *briefing topic to come soon.
The breath of issues HELP addresses can make the committee difficult at times, but it also creates unique opportunities for making long-term reforms. In preparation for the conference, you should focus on familiarizing yourself with both the briefing topics and the role you will assume in the committee, and reach out to us with any questions you may have.
We look forward to reading your pre-conference assignments soon! We are so excited to meet you all at HMC San Francisco this year!
All the best,
Meena Venkataramanan, and Amanda Stetz
Harvard Model Congress HELP Staffers