The Third Committee: Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM)

Director: Hannah Ploof

Assistant Directors: Aditya Das, Anna Haynes

  • Topic A: Defending the Social and Humanitarian Rights of Prisoners

  • Topic B: Combating Gender-Based Violence During Wartime


Hello Delegates!

My name is Hannah Ploof and I am the SOCHUM director for MUNUM XXXI. The entirety of our staff is very excited to invite you to this year’s conference!

I am a sophomore in the middle of applying to the Ford School of Public Policy School, Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE), and the School of Education. My ultimate goal is to study and improve education policy. I am from Grand Rapids and graduated from Forest Hills Central. I was a part of my high school’s Model UN team and competed at many different conferences, including MUNUM for two years. This is my second year on staff at MUNUM, serving as a rapporteur for UNICEF during last year’s conference. 

SOCHUM is the third largest General Assembly committee and deals with social, cultural, and humanitarian issues affecting the world. The problems discussed in SOCHUM are unique in their universality. They can and do affect countries of any size and location. At this year’s conference, we will be addressing gender-based war time violence and how to defend the social and humanitarian rights of prisoners. Although your country may not initially seem to be directly affected by these topics, we are certain you will be able to contribute fully to the discussion. 

Whether this is your first conference or your tenth one, we are certain that you will find engaging and passionate debate as a part of SOCHIM. My hope is for a fun committee but also a highly educational one. If you have any questions as the conference approaches, do not be afraid to email me. I look forward to seeing you all on January 11th!

Welcome to MUNUM XXXI!

Hannah Ploof