The HNMUN-LA 2020 Secretariat

Meet the Secretariat of Harvard National Model United Nations-Latin America 2020. Together, we organize the conference, coordinate the staff, and create an exceptional experience for delegates and advisors. We look forward to meeting all of you in January; please don't hesitate to reach out before the conference!

Maria-Victoria Paredes   Secretary-General   A rising senior at Harvard, Maria Victoria, also known as MVP by her friends and peers, comes from Miami, Florida with roots 90 miles away in Havana, Cuba. This is her third and final year as a part of the HNMUN-LA Familia - although she knows it is a family that will live on in her heart forever. MVP finds great satisfaction in her work because she is passionate about everything she is lucky to do. When she is not scheduling meetings for HNMUN-LA, Maria Victoria serves as the Domestic Board Editor for the Harvard College Law Review and as Vice-President of the Cuban-American Student Association at Harvard. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and is now learning Russian. With these skills, she is able to volunteer as an interpreter at the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic, where she does what she loves most: she establishes relationships with anyone and everyone, from anywhere and everywhere. After serving as a Committee Director in the Seventh Session of HNMUN-LA 2018 and engaging with the unstoppable Latin-American delegates in her committee, she knew she wanted to continue growing with this beautiful conference. In 2019, Maria Victoria served as the Under-Secretary-General of Operations as well as a Committee Director on the global effects of poverty on women. She has also served as a Committee Director at Harvard WorldMUN, Committee Director in the Boston-based Harvard National Model United Nations conference, as an Assistant Director of Operations and of Committees in previous years.

Maria-Victoria Paredes

Secretary-General

A rising senior at Harvard, Maria Victoria, also known as MVP by her friends and peers, comes from Miami, Florida with roots 90 miles away in Havana, Cuba. This is her third and final year as a part of the HNMUN-LA Familia - although she knows it is a family that will live on in her heart forever. MVP finds great satisfaction in her work because she is passionate about everything she is lucky to do. When she is not scheduling meetings for HNMUN-LA, Maria Victoria serves as the Domestic Board Editor for the Harvard College Law Review and as Vice-President of the Cuban-American Student Association at Harvard. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and is now learning Russian. With these skills, she is able to volunteer as an interpreter at the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic, where she does what she loves most: she establishes relationships with anyone and everyone, from anywhere and everywhere. After serving as a Committee Director in the Seventh Session of HNMUN-LA 2018 and engaging with the unstoppable Latin-American delegates in her committee, she knew she wanted to continue growing with this beautiful conference. In 2019, Maria Victoria served as the Under-Secretary-General of Operations as well as a Committee Director on the global effects of poverty on women. She has also served as a Committee Director at Harvard WorldMUN, Committee Director in the Boston-based Harvard National Model United Nations conference, as an Assistant Director of Operations and of Committees in previous years.

Atheena K. Arasoo   Director-General   Atheena is a rising senior studying Social Studies with a focus on "Pacific Studies: Indigeneity, Migration, and Empire." She has built this field of study at Harvard because of her background growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and then moving to the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi at the age of eleven, where she now returns home to relax over school breaks. As the former USG of Finance for HNMUN-LA, Atheena is excited to take on the role of Director General for 2020. She has also previously served in various secretariat, executive, and committee roles with WorldMUN, HNMUN, and HMUN. She is thrilled to work alongside Maria-Victoria to plan for the conference and look after the rest of the team for the upcoming year. Beyond Model UN, Atheena loves to dance, spend time at the beach, and test out trendy new restaurants. She had the absolute best time dancing the night away with new and old friends at HNMUN-LA this past year, and she looks forward to doing the same in January!

Atheena K. Arasoo

Director-General

Atheena is a rising senior studying Social Studies with a focus on "Pacific Studies: Indigeneity, Migration, and Empire." She has built this field of study at Harvard because of her background growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and then moving to the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi at the age of eleven, where she now returns home to relax over school breaks. As the former USG of Finance for HNMUN-LA, Atheena is excited to take on the role of Director General for 2020. She has also previously served in various secretariat, executive, and committee roles with WorldMUN, HNMUN, and HMUN. She is thrilled to work alongside Maria-Victoria to plan for the conference and look after the rest of the team for the upcoming year. Beyond Model UN, Atheena loves to dance, spend time at the beach, and test out trendy new restaurants. She had the absolute best time dancing the night away with new and old friends at HNMUN-LA this past year, and she looks forward to doing the same in January!

M. Sofía Corzo Mittelstaedt   Under-Secretary-General for Administration   Sofía is a rising junior from Guatemala City, Guatemala, land of eternal spring. She is studying Social Studies, an interdisciplinary program that allows her to take diverse classes in the Government, Anthropology, Sociology, History, and Economics departments, and she is also completing a secondary in English and a citation in French. Her academic focus is on political violence and transitional justice, and how and under what conditions societies cope and respond to threats imposed by authoritarianism. She has been involved with MUN for six years now, competing as well as staffing in a variety of conferences, including a futuristic committee at HMUN, HNMUN’s first Spanish-language committee, the UNHRC at HMUN India, and UNESCO at last year’s HNMUN-LA. Aside from Model UN, Sofía is an avid music lover and plays the flute for the Harvard University Band, and most recently joined Harvard’s radio station. She also loves to travel and is spending her summer in Paris expanding her French language learning. Her favorite LA memory was interacting with all of her delegates in and out of committee, as well as getting chased by a llama in Machu Picchu. As USG of Administration, Sofía is very excited to continue this conference’s recruitment initiatives and make sure every person involved in this conference has an amazing experience. She is extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the community and the conference that has provided one of the best experiences of her college years, and for the many years to come.

M. Sofía Corzo Mittelstaedt

Under-Secretary-General for Administration

Sofía is a rising junior from Guatemala City, Guatemala, land of eternal spring. She is studying Social Studies, an interdisciplinary program that allows her to take diverse classes in the Government, Anthropology, Sociology, History, and Economics departments, and she is also completing a secondary in English and a citation in French. Her academic focus is on political violence and transitional justice, and how and under what conditions societies cope and respond to threats imposed by authoritarianism. She has been involved with MUN for six years now, competing as well as staffing in a variety of conferences, including a futuristic committee at HMUN, HNMUN’s first Spanish-language committee, the UNHRC at HMUN India, and UNESCO at last year’s HNMUN-LA. Aside from Model UN, Sofía is an avid music lover and plays the flute for the Harvard University Band, and most recently joined Harvard’s radio station. She also loves to travel and is spending her summer in Paris expanding her French language learning. Her favorite LA memory was interacting with all of her delegates in and out of committee, as well as getting chased by a llama in Machu Picchu. As USG of Administration, Sofía is very excited to continue this conference’s recruitment initiatives and make sure every person involved in this conference has an amazing experience. She is extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the community and the conference that has provided one of the best experiences of her college years, and for the many years to come.

 
Carolina Jimenez   Under-Secretary-General for Finance   Carolina is a rising junior from Boca Raton, Florida, but feel free to her Caro. She is very proud of her Colombian heritage and will wear her Colombian jersey whenever she can! Caro is studying Sociology with a secondary in Government and a language citation in French. Although she never did MUN in high school, she dove right into it in college and has directed at HNMUN-LA 2019, HNMUN Boston 2019, HMUN China 2019, and will be directing at HMUN India 2019. On the rare occasion that she isn't doing MUN, you can find Caro serving as President of Latinas Unidas on campus or helping out with various Latinx events on campus in order to create a strong community for Latinx students on campus. One of Caro's favorite things to do is travel because it allows her to do what she loves - explore new places, try new foods, and cultivate new relationships. She is very privileged and thankful for the unique opportunity to do this through MUN. Her favorite LA memory is dancing on a chiva through the city of Banos, Ecuador at 10AM, but she knows that there are even more incredible memories that will be made this upcoming year.

Carolina Jimenez

Under-Secretary-General for Finance

Carolina is a rising junior from Boca Raton, Florida, but feel free to her Caro. She is very proud of her Colombian heritage and will wear her Colombian jersey whenever she can! Caro is studying Sociology with a secondary in Government and a language citation in French. Although she never did MUN in high school, she dove right into it in college and has directed at HNMUN-LA 2019, HNMUN Boston 2019, HMUN China 2019, and will be directing at HMUN India 2019. On the rare occasion that she isn't doing MUN, you can find Caro serving as President of Latinas Unidas on campus or helping out with various Latinx events on campus in order to create a strong community for Latinx students on campus. One of Caro's favorite things to do is travel because it allows her to do what she loves - explore new places, try new foods, and cultivate new relationships. She is very privileged and thankful for the unique opportunity to do this through MUN. Her favorite LA memory is dancing on a chiva through the city of Banos, Ecuador at 10AM, but she knows that there are even more incredible memories that will be made this upcoming year.

Gabrielle Y. Schultz   Under-Secretary-General for Operations   Last but certainly not least, HNMUN - LA is proud to introduce our Under-Secretary-General for Operations, Gabrielle Schultz! Gabrielle is a rising junior at the college studying Social Studies and Philosophy with as yet undetermined focuses. An extremely proud Midwesterner, Gabrielle was born and raised in Wolverine, Michigan, a small village at the tip of the "mitten." She was tangentially involved in Model United Nations in high school, but since her very first days on campus has become extremely involved in the Model United Nations scene at Harvard. Though she has still not been invited to join the Harvard ICMUN groupme, Gabrielle has directed and moderated at the HNMUN and HMUN Boston conferences, and has served on the secretariats of HMUN India and WorldMUN in addition her role as USG Ops for HNMUN - LA. Apart from her involvement in MUN, Gabrielle is a consultant for Harvard Undergraduate Political Consulting, volunteers at the Y2Y homeless shelter, and is training to become a First-Year Outdoor Program leader. HNMUN - LA 2020 will be Gabrielle's first experience traveling to Latin America, and she looks forward to meeting all of the delegates and practicing her Spanish!

Gabrielle Y. Schultz

Under-Secretary-General for Operations

Last but certainly not least, HNMUN - LA is proud to introduce our Under-Secretary-General for Operations, Gabrielle Schultz! Gabrielle is a rising junior at the college studying Social Studies and Philosophy with as yet undetermined focuses. An extremely proud Midwesterner, Gabrielle was born and raised in Wolverine, Michigan, a small village at the tip of the "mitten." She was tangentially involved in Model United Nations in high school, but since her very first days on campus has become extremely involved in the Model United Nations scene at Harvard. Though she has still not been invited to join the Harvard ICMUN groupme, Gabrielle has directed and moderated at the HNMUN and HMUN Boston conferences, and has served on the secretariats of HMUN India and WorldMUN in addition her role as USG Ops for HNMUN - LA. Apart from her involvement in MUN, Gabrielle is a consultant for Harvard Undergraduate Political Consulting, volunteers at the Y2Y homeless shelter, and is training to become a First-Year Outdoor Program leader. HNMUN - LA 2020 will be Gabrielle's first experience traveling to Latin America, and she looks forward to meeting all of the delegates and practicing her Spanish!

Amanda L. Wasserman   Under-Secretary-General for Committees   Amanda is a rising junior whose close friends call her Mandy. She grew up between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Parkland, Florida to a Brazilian mother and an American father. Amanda studies Social Studies, and over the next two years, plans to develop her focus field around Arab immigration to Latin America. Accordingly, she is pursuing a language citation in Arabic alongside additional language studies in Spanish and Portuguese. In high school, Amanda was heavily involved in MUN and has continued to dedicate her time to it at Harvard, directing at HNMUN 2019 and HNMUN-Latin America 2019. When not working on MUN, you can find Amanda at WHRB 95.3FM, Harvard’s own radio station. She enjoys making her friends laugh with her sarcastic jokes and spending time with her family, especially her sweet dog Gatsby who she is certifiably obsessed with. Her favorite LA memory was zip-lining though the mountains of Ecuador upside down (which until now, her mother thankfully did not know about), but she knows that there are many more adventures waiting for her at HNMUN 2020.

Amanda L. Wasserman

Under-Secretary-General for Committees

Amanda is a rising junior whose close friends call her Mandy. She grew up between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Parkland, Florida to a Brazilian mother and an American father. Amanda studies Social Studies, and over the next two years, plans to develop her focus field around Arab immigration to Latin America. Accordingly, she is pursuing a language citation in Arabic alongside additional language studies in Spanish and Portuguese. In high school, Amanda was heavily involved in MUN and has continued to dedicate her time to it at Harvard, directing at HNMUN 2019 and HNMUN-Latin America 2019. When not working on MUN, you can find Amanda at WHRB 95.3FM, Harvard’s own radio station. She enjoys making her friends laugh with her sarcastic jokes and spending time with her family, especially her sweet dog Gatsby who she is certifiably obsessed with. Her favorite LA memory was zip-lining though the mountains of Ecuador upside down (which until now, her mother thankfully did not know about), but she knows that there are many more adventures waiting for her at HNMUN 2020.