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Model United Nations

Model United Nations at UC San Diego is a global affairs-interest organization. Our primary mission is to help educate students about different international issues and relations between countries in the world arena.

We accomplished a lot during the 2010-2011 school year, within International House and the campus community. Ranging from our weekly meetings, to collaborated events with International Affairs Group (IAG), to our annual simulation for high school students, MUN members were very active on campus. We also traveled to several competitions competed against other collegiates for awards. This year we went to a multitude of conferences: Orange County MUN, the University of Pennsylvania MUN, UC Berkeley MUN, and National MUN in New York City. I am proud to have served as both the Secretary General and RA advisor to this wonderful organization, and I thank all those people who supported us in our efforts and made this year a huge success. Always remember: M-U-N is F-U-N! - David Clark, MUN Secretary General, ERC Graduate 2011

CORE (Community Outreach Effort)

CORE is a group of students engaged in volunteer work in the ERC, UCSD, and San Diego community. The group's activities include tutoring, mentoring, soup kitchen assistance, Quilts 4 Kids, Special Olympics, Hands On San Diego, Adopt A Family, and an international Sring Breakaway Trip.

CORE“As a freshman at ERC, CORE was the highlight of my year! It allowed me to make lasting friendships and memories with a diverse and hard working group of people. It also gave me the opportunity to serve in my community as well as travel to Belize to help the local students build a restroom for their school! The impact we had, the cross-cultural connections, and the experience as a whole has inspired me to do more for the world and the people in it than I'd ever imagined before. I definitely plan to stay in it throughout the rest of my years at UCSD!" - Jessica M Knapp

Just knowing that people so close to you, in your same community, don't have necessities such as food or children without a blanket to keep them warm, is hard to grasp when you have that stuff. Donating and volunteering a little bit of time can make such a difference and is such a wonderful experience and being surrounded by people in CORE at ERC who care and want to help is great. - Kelly Habroun, CORE Vice President 2010-2011

Tutoring at the Monarch School

The ERC/Monarch School Volunteer Program recruits and places committed students from Eleanor Roosevelt College as volunteers at The Monarch School, a K-12 school in the San Diego Unified School District that serves the educational needs of homeless and at-risk children. 

ERC student volunteers provide essential service in the areas of academic tutoring and after-school enrichment programs at the school.  Some also volunteer as teacher’s aides in the classroom.  The program requires volunteers to commit to at least a 6-month period in an effort to reduce the level of flux and unpredictability that many of the Monarch students may already have to confront on a daily basis.  ERC volunteers typically commit 3-4 hours a week at the school based on a schedule that they work out with the Volunteer Coordinator at Monarch.  Volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation to the Monarch School in downtown San Diego, either by carpooling or by public transit.  They must also undergo a Live Scan background check and TB test before they can work directly with Monarch students. Professor Edmond Chang, MMW Lecturer and ERC/Monarch School Volunteer Coordinator

Undergraduate Research Conference

ERC hosted its first Undergraduate Research Conference in Spring, 2011. Open to all ERC Undergraduates, the conference afforded students the opportunity to present original research. This included research papers, departmental honors, internship research, college sophomore honors projects, and showcased MMW research papers.

As an undergraduate with some background in research myself, I felt that Eleanor Roosevelt College students needed more opportunities to present their findings to their peers. With this in mind, I worked with the Eleanor Roosevelt College administration to organize Eleanor Roosevelt College's first Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference was a great success, encompassing both a large number of presenters and a wide variety of presentation subjects. It is my hope that this event will be continued many years in the future as a way to reward and motivate undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing original research.  Brian Hand, Chair of the ERC Undergraduate Research Conference

Language Conversation Tables

International House at ERC sponsors quarterly Language Conversation Tables. Last year 62 tables were hosted, covering over 27 languages! Each quarter a variety tables are hosted and attended by students, staff, faculty, and the public. Language tables provide opportunities to improve conversational language skills, meet and connect with UCSD affiliates, and engage in cultural learning in a natural environment.

The main purpose of a host is to supervise a conversation that covers a wide range of subjects, from the daily life to the main features of a country. While every international student is invited to share personal views regarding selected topics, the host has the unique opportunity to discover how his own culture is apprehended all over the world. Thus the host does not only teach his native language, he is also involved in a great and rewarding cultural exchange. – Laurent Becler, French Conversation Table Host 2009-2010 & International House French Ambassador

Being the Korean & Mandarin conversation table host was an incredible experience during my undergrad at UCSD. As a Korean-American I believe that it is important to know, understand, write, and speak your native language. Being able to speak your native language shows that you are proud of your culture and you also spread awareness of your culture to others. As a conversation table host I had the opportunity to interact, meet, exchange, and connect with all kinds of people and cultures from all around the world who were interested in Korean & Mandarin, respectively. The language table itself wasn't strictly a tutoring table. We welcomed everyone at all levels to join, while we also had activities to encourage conversation participation. Once or twice a quarter we had potlucks, bowling outings, dinners at Convoy, or walks to the Cliffs as a part of our language table activities to have everyone involved and get to know one another better. By the end of the year we were truly sad about having to end, but many of us have stayed in touch even though some people are back studying in their respective countries! I was able to reconnect with friends I met through the language table, while studying abroad in Korea this summer- and we were able to converse in full Korean! - Hannah Yoo, Korean & Mandarin Table Host 2009-2010