– Your Chair will be Jordan Giles –

Hello fellow international relations enthusiasts! I’m Jordan Giles, and I will be serving as the Chair of the CIS Crisis Simulation for the 2018 MSMUN Conference. I am a rising Senior at Rhodes College, and a double major in both International Studies and Russian Studies. In Spring 2017, I spent a semester at Russia’s premier International Relations university, Moscow State Institute for International Relations. Back in the Rhodes and Memphis communities, I am President of the Rhodes College Russian Club, a member of Chi Omega sorority, as well as Cultural Studies Club and Sigma Iota Rho, and I volunteer regularly with Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis and Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood. This will be my first experience with Model UN, but I am excited and eager to participate!

– Your Co-chair is Sakshi Sawarkar –

sakshi_0001Hello delegates! My name is Sakshi Sawarkar and I will be serving as your Co-Chair for the CIS Crisis Simulation Committee for the 2018 MSMUN. I am a freshman at Rhodes College and am excited to be part of this Model UN. I am originally from Mumbai, India but I reside in Nashville, TN. In high school, I was dedicated to MUN for 4 years with much success. Also, I participated in policy debate which lead me to further develop my interest in public speaking and international relations which go hand-in-hand with MUN. Throughout high school, I was very involved in the Nashville community by serving on various youth councils which led me to enhance by love for service. As a freshman, I am fairly new to the Rhodes and Memphis community but I am looking forward to working with you all!

– Your Crisis Staff Member is Phyu Khine –

phyu_headshot_1Hi all, my name is Phyu (pronounced Pyu), a sophomore at Rhodes. I am thrilled to be part of the 2018 Mid-South Model United Nations Conference! I was originally born in Myanmar (Burma) from a Chinese immigrant family but I moved to Singapore when I was 10 and resided there ever since. So the question ‘where are you from?’ can be a little tricky. It was probably my confusing identity that had led me to fall in love with something larger than one nation-state such as the UN and all things related. At Rhodes, I am an International Peer Advisor where I welcome international students into the big Rhodes family and a diplomat where I give tours to prospective students and their families. Service has been a long-time passion of mine so I am involved as the Kinney Advocate for Intercultural Perspective and a devoted volunteer with the Bridge. On a normal day, If I am not busy hanging out with my friends or spending the day at a volunteer site, you will probably find me binge watching Netflix or looking up new restaurants in Memphis. 

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Delegates can find more information about the Commonwealth of Independent States here.