Dear friends of HACIA Democracy,
Welcome to the twentieth session of the Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American Democracy’s annual Summit of the Americas! My name is Manuel Andrés Meléndez and I am an honored to serve as this year’s President.
Every year, our mission is to bring together brilliant young minds from across the world and to provide a forum for them to discuss the most challenging, fascinating and urgent issues facing the Americas. Whether it is through passionate debate on the morality of drug legalization, through late night resolution-writing on the international community’s responsibility to protect, or through our intimate events with the region’s top leaders and public figures, every HACIA Democracy summit challenges delegates to think creatively about their role in shaping the future of our world.
In March 2013, HACIA Democracy’s nineteenth Summit of the Americas – held in the beautiful Dominican Republic -brought together 500 students from over 30 academic institutions to discuss topics ranging from natural disaster response and marriage equality to organized crime and democratic accountability. Representing all 35 of the hemisphere’s governments and simulating a host of international organizations –from the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States to the Chilean Presidential Cabinet – students from across the Americas engaged in three days of passionate debate focused on the creation of innovative, consensus-based solutions.
Preparations for HACIA Democracy’s twentieth summit, to be held on March 13th-16th, 2014, are well underway. Our highly qualified team of over thirty Harvard students is working tirelessly to craft an unforgettable summit defined by innovation, realism, and professionalism. In the coming weeks, we will update this space with details on location, committee topics, and the registration process for next year’s submit. In particular, I invite to check back on August 1st, when we announce the location for the 2014 summit.
In the meantime, I encourage you to browse this site for more information on our history, our mission, our team, and the recently concluded 2013 summit. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Recruiting Director, Mr. Julián Atehortua (at email@example.com). Whether you are a veteran of the HACIA family or a new school interested in registering for the time, we look forward to welcoming you next March!
Manuel Andrés Meléndez S.
President, HACIA Democracy 2014
XX Summit of the Americas