The United Nations Disability Rights Convention

Who runs the world? Countries! But wait, what do they know about the lived experiences of peoples with disabilities? Answer: surprisingly little. Solution: survivors’ and disabled persons’ testimony on legislation that directly affects them. For the first time in United Nations history, non-governmental organizations have a seat at the negotiating table, and boy will they have something to say. Simulating the UN Disability Rights Convention of 2002, delegates will have an opportunity to engage in meaningful debate about issues that impact friends and family in their own local communities while simultaneously navigating the tricky waters of newfound power dynamics in the negotiating room.

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Chair | Caitlin Kwalwasser

Caitlin is a second year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Foreign Affairs and Religious Studies. She is incredibly passionate about global politics, human rights issues, and the intersection of religion and conflict. In her free time, Caitlin teaches debate at a local middle school through the Charlottesville Debate League and she is an Investigator for the University Judiciary Committee. She loves reading, puppies, and ice cream. Caitlin has worked in various capacities for U.Va. Model UN conferences. She was the Chief of Staff for Virginia Model United Nations, U.Va.’s high school conference, and the Director General for the Virginia Inter-generational Model UN Conference. She loves Model UN with a passion and is excited for another year of cool crises and exciting solutions.


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Crisis Director | Caroline Peters

Caroline Peters is a third year studying Political Philosophy, Policy and Law (PPL) , Government and Religious Studies. Hailing from the suburbs of D.C., Caroline has been traveling to and hosting conference for seven years now, and she credits Model United Nations with giving her a whole lot of confidence and friends! Caroline is the Secretary General of VIGMUN, UVa’s Intergenerational Model UN experience; hopefully she saw some of you there a few months back! She is looking forward to welcoming you to our home at Mr. Jefferson’s University this weekend; please feel free to reach out to her with questions at cep4vt@virginia.edu!