SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN AND CULTURAL (SOCHUM)
SOCHUM focuses on a variety of social, cultural, and human rights topics from around the world. As such it discusses a broad range of topics. In the past these have included women’s rights issues, combating racial prejudices, human rights violations, and issues pertaining to family development and youth.
Chair: Julia Thiemonge
Julia Thiemonge is a senior from Huntsville, AL finishing up her BA in Foreign Language and Literature and minors in History and Communication Studies. She hopes to pursue a Phd in Linguistics and possibly translate at a professional level one day but in the meantime she hopes to teach and do research; education is one of her many passions. Her other passions include, music from the olden days, attending concerts and festivals such as Bonnaroo, Wes Anderson, Tarantino, and Coen Brother films, and the perfect day in her mind is one spent taking her dog for some strolls, winding down with a good read, and eating tex-mex cuisine.
Co-Chair: Alex Nightingale
Alexandria Nightingale is a freshman from Huntsville, AL working towards her BA in Architectural Engineering with a minor in Art History. Although she has many passions, some of her favorites are exploring and hiking with her dog, Nadie, rocking out at concerts and festivals such as Sloss Fest, and taking part in numerous projects striving towards gender and race equality. She is also an avid movie enthusiast and has a genuine appreciation of any and all forms of art. Above all else, her biggest passion is people!
Letter from the Chair
My name is Julia Thiemonge and I will be the chair of SOCHUM, the committee dedicated to social, humanitarian, and cultural issues. SOCHUM is a committee in the general assembly that discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control. At the 10th annual ALMUN conference, we in SOCHUM will be dealing with two major concerns: Better Integration and Rights Protection of Indigenous People in Latin America, and Destigmatization of Physical Disability and Accommodation for Affected Individuals .
An Estimated forty-five million indigenous people live in Latin America, accounting for 8.3% of the total population. Most indigenous people live in isolation, apart from their respective country’s community. This means that not only are indigenous people ostracized but other citizens live without consistent interaction or understanding of different indigenous cultures which leads to discrimination and ignorance. Some indigenous tribes around the Amazon basin in Brazil face the threat of extinction. How can the world accomodate better for these groups of people who have been living in the places we call home for longer than most of us have called it home? How can we, as a global community, promote the significance and prosperity of these people, so that non-indigenous children grow up aware and educated of the ways of different indigenous people and indigenous children grow up without discrimination,with proper resources, and a certain feeling of citizenship in their country?
“The inability to use legs, arms, or the body trunk effectively because of paralysis, stiffness, pain, or other impairments” is a textbook definition of the everyday hardships physically disabled individuals have to face. No matter the geographic location, there are a myriad of people living with physically disabling conditions; thus, preventing them from being able to complete trivial, everyday tasks. The stigma around physical debilitation creates preconceived ideas that ultimately put them at a disadvantage in regards to receiving proper healthcare, education, and employment. It is imperative that infrastructural reforms are implemented to accommodate and improve the livelihood of individuals with physical disability in order to further destigmatize disability which is portrayed and perceived as debilitating beyond the point of reconciliation which is indubitably false. How can we make these reforms? What initiatives can we take?
We as a human race cannot prosper when there are massive disparities between us inhibiting some from the basic necessities to attain success and happiness. I anticipate riveting, thought-provoking, impactful ideas and resolutions come February. My co-chair Alexandria and I look forward to meeting you all and hearing your thoughts about these pressing matters while working together to adequately promote equal opportunity and fight against discrimination and bigotry.