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The Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee is concerned with the examination of human rights and fundamental freedoms along with their social implications. Through these practices, it is meant to protect minority groups as well as promote the abolition of systematic oppression in various contexts. While it lacks the ability to enact international legislation, its role is largely defined by the aid it is delegated to provide. SHSMUN’s SOCHUM serves as an environment in which new and experienced delegates alike work cohesively toward solutions for the wide array of issues facing the committee. In this way, Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian debate benefits a large range of experience levels.


Topic A: Examining Child Rights in Conflict Areas

The rights of a child concern every nation, regardless of direct involvement in conflict. While the exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens persists, their continued protection is one of the most pressing responsibilities of the global community.

Topic B: Debt Bondage

As global attention continues to shift towards modern slavery, those enslaved by debt bondage are often forgotten. It is crucial that we address the factors and vulnerabilities that allow this practice to continue so we may move into a world that is truly free of slavery.

Topic C: State Sanctioned Torture of Political Prisoners

Although it is nearly universally outlawed, torture remains prevalent in the case of political prisoners. The responsibility of protecting all prisoners from cruel, unusual, and degrading punishment falls to the Third Committee, and as more and more dissidents are imprisoned, this issue becomes increasingly relevant on an international scale.


Virginia Alsobrooks, SOCHUM Chair

1. ) Why do you participate in Model UN?

I participate in Model U.N. because there is almost no better way to become a more globally empathetic and aware individual than immersing yourself in the point of view of an unfamiliar country and altering your perspective on different issues, even if it’s just for a weekend. In addition to the amazing debate and environment, you meet some cool people who share your drive and passions. It’s pretty neat.

2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?

Chili Dark Chocolate, a perfect combination of sweet and spicy.

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

My favorite SHSMUN memory has to be when my delegation and I realized closing started in 5 minutes while we were still waiting for our carry-out, speeding all the way back to the convention center, and eating our pad thai on the floor in the back while awards were being called out.  

4.) If your life was a book what would the title be?

“I’m Trying My Best!”

5.)What's your favorite quote?

“Oh, I have a medical condition alright; it’s called caring too much! And it’s incurable!”- Craig Middlebrooks