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Danny Rodriguez

I am a senior at Harvard College studying Government with a focus on political economy, development, and trade. I am also pursuing a secondary degree in Music, and work frequently on theater productions on campus. I am originally from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where I lived until I came to college. I started and run the Latinx theater organization on campus, Harvard College TEATRO!, and have directed, music directed, and performed in a number of shows on campus. I am also a freshman advisor, a Jazz director at Harvard’s radio station, a manager at the campus pub, and of course, a member of the International Relations Council.

My interest in MUN began in my sophomore year of college. Through staffing and competitive experiences, I have come to really appreciate the environment of growth and debate that MUN fosters. I love being able to learn about and discuss a topic and to develop my public speaking and negotiation skills with individuals that are passionate and engaging. Now I’ve staffed HMUN (our high school conference) and HNMUN twice, most recently Directing the Spanish-language committee in HMUN and Crisis Directing the Historical Security Council at HNMUN.

I look forward to meeting you all at HNMUN-LA 2018!

topic area: preservation of indigenous languages

With the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019 rapidly approaching, the world is increasingly aware of the need for the preservation of indigenous languages as a means to promote and protect the cultures and histories they hold and represent. The UN estimates it is possible up to 95 percent of the world's languages could be gone by 2100. This degradation of culture holds its roots in colonial history, with the forced erasure of the life, traditions, practices, religions, culture, and language of countless indigenous groups across the globe. The continued loss of these languages, and the rise of a small number of now "global" languages, only furthers this same pattern. Though some countries in Latin America have made strides towards increasing state support of the education of indigenous languages, it still represents just a small portion of linguistic diversity in the world. This committee will be tasked with asking why and if this cause is important, to what extent UNESCO should be involved, and what the role of the state should be.