Governor's School Model United Nations Conference

Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)

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Special Announcement

We are excited to welcome Dr. Briana Mezuk as a guest speaker!

Dr. William Morgan
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health
Virginia Commonwealth University
Guest Speaker

Briana Mezuk is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She completed her doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  From 2007 – 2009, she was a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at the University of Michigan where she became involved research on the intersections between social factors and health.  Her research centers on understanding the interrelationships between mental and physical health, particularly in the context of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Mezuk is also a former intercollegiate policy debater, and received an All-American award from the Cross-Examination Debate Association in 2002.


Judy Hou
Judy is a junior at Maggie Walker and has been an active member of Model UN since she was a freshman.  She brings Model UN experience from working in GSMUN XIII as Under-Secretariat Assistant to the USG of Logistics and from representing Latvia in the World Health Organization at WMHSMUN 2009 and Japan in the Commission on the Status of Women in VAMUN 2010.  Judy is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Maggie Walker's Future Problem Solver's Club and serves as a Student Ambassador, Junior Class Secretary, and Red Cross Treasurer.  In her spare time, she works with a youth activism organization called YStreet and enjoys playing piano and guitar.

Lily Jia
Lily is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been actively involved in Model UN since 8th grade.  Her favorite Model UN experience was co-chairing SPECPOL at GSMUN XIII.  Outside of Model UN, Lily plays on the school tennis team and dances for Maggie Walker’s Club Asia.  In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, eating candy, reading, playing the cello, and hanging out with friends.  Above all, Lily loves having fun and laughing, but lives by her motto: work hard, play hard.

April Smith
Currently a senior, April has participated in Model UN since freshman year and is very excited to be the vice-chair of SOCHUM this year.  In her little free time, she enjoys playing soccer, watching football, and hanging out with friends.  Whenever she gets the chance, she also tries to keep up with her favorite TV shows, including "Grey's Anatomy" and "Modern Family."  Additionally, she enjoys watching newly released movies, though she rarely has the time.