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Position Papers from 2013 Regional Meetings

Updated Oct 16
I have received papers from 6 regionals. Please resubmit it you have papers but I don't have the links. Let me know if you have difficulty with any of the links.

Roundtable Discussion Guest Experts

Detailed Schedule for the 2013 Symposium

Final Letter from IYS Chair Beth Ann Schumacher,

Dated Oct 14, 2013

Includes information about security, meeting rooms, speakers, bus parking, etc.

Schedule and Deadlines
Contact Person
Security, Rules of Behavior, Bus Parking
Topics and Research Guides
Resolutions & Position Papers
Regional Meetings


Link to Iowa High School Model United Nations web site


Use the link above to access documents from the 2012 Iowa Youth Symposium.

Created 08/02/2004
Most recent revision:10/16/13
Web site editor: Mary Helfter

Schedule and Deadlines

The 2013 Iowa Youth Symposium (IYS) will be held Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23, 2012 at the State Capitol Complex in Des Moines. It is scheduled annually to coincide with United Nations Day. It is organized and sponsored by the Iowa United Nations Association Faculty Advisors Committee (IUNAFAC).

    • August 12: Research guides should be available for all topics. See links below.
    • September 30: Last day for Regional meetings. Site hosts, please let Mary Helfter (see contact information below) know when you schedule your regional so that the site, date, time, and location information can be posted on this web site. Also, please send an email to Beth Ann Schumacher with the number of delegates from your school on each topic so that room assignments can be determined.
    • October 11: Last day to submit regional position papers. Send by email to Mary Helfter. Please do not use special formatting.
    • October 13: Regional position papers will all be available to read, at this web site. Advisors and delegates, please print your own. They will not be mailed to you.
    • Tuesday, October 22, Pre-plenary at the State Capitol Complex for students selected from Regionals. Roundtable discussions coordinated by Todd Crites from Grinnell and Steve Chasse from Ankeny.
    • Wednesday, October 23, Plenary Session for all student participants, at the State Capitol Complex.

Topics and Research Guides

All topics begin with the phrase: "What should be the position of the United States in the United Nations on..."

    1. international adoptions? (Social Topic)
    2. digital currency? (Economic Topic)
    3. biopiracy? (Science Topic)
    4. intelligence agencies and the maintenance of international peace and security? (Political Topic)

When the research guide is available, the topic listed above will have a link.
Research is provided by members of IUNAFAC.

Roundtable Discussion Experts, Tuesday evening

Political Topic:
Gerard M. Gallucci, PhD
Department of Politics and International Relations, Drake University
Dr. Gallucci has served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department and also has worked in the UN. 

Social Topic:
Certified Adoption Investigator & Social Services Director, About A Child

Since graduating with a bachelor's degree in Child and Family Services, Carla has worked in several positions within the adoption field: Adoption Associate, Agency Social Worker, Eastern European Program Director, and Independent Adoption Investigator.

Economic Topic:
Brian Peterson, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Dean of the Class of 2015, Central College
Dr. Peterson has served as interim chair in the Economics, Accounting and Management Department where, in addition to teaching courses in economics, he has served as the honors thesis supervisor or honors thesis committee member for nine students the past six years. 

Science Topic:
Monty Roper, Ph.D.
Chair of Anthropology Department & Chair, Global Development Studies, Grinnell College
Monty Roper is a cultural anthropologist interested in the political economy of natural resource management, indigenous social movements, Non-governmental organizations, and community development.  His research has focused on small-scale rural indigenous and agricultural communities in Latin America, but his interests and teaching also include sub-Saharan Africa.  

Contact Person

For more information or to submit fees, please contact:

Beth Ann Schumacher, IYS/IUNAFAC Chair
Clear Lake High School
125 N 20th St
Clear Lake, IA 50428
school phone 641-357-5235, ext 2251
school fax 641-357-8180
home phone 641-357-2783
cell phone 641-430-7729
bschumacher@clearlakeschools.org (school)
mkbaschumacher@netins.net (home)

To submit web site comments, changes in advisor list, information about your regional, etc., contact:

Mary Helfter, IUNAFAC Treasurer
South O'Brien High School

Roundtable Coordinators

Other IUNAFAC members:


The Iowa Youth Symposium sessions are staffed by students who attend the University of Northern Iowa. Many of the same students make up the staff of the Iowa High School Model United Nations held annually in Cedar Falls at UNI.

Resolutions and Position Papers

The position papers that you take to regionals and that should be submitted from your regional meeting, must be in the following format. The sections should be as follows:

    • Background Information
    • United States Position
    • Justification and Summary
    • (and resources should be cited)

A sample position paper, 2010 version, is available.

Position Papers from Regional Meetings

After Regional Meetings are held, the submitted papers will be available by following the links below.

All topics begin with the phrase: "What should be the position of the United States in the United Nations on..."

    1. international adoptions? (Social Topic)
    2. digital currency? (Economic Topic)
    3. biopiracy? (Science Topic)
    4. intelligence agencies and the maintenance of international peace and security? (Political Topic)

The Iowa Youth Symposium web site is provided by South O'Brien Community School District as a service to students and advisors involved in the IYS, and to make communication more efficient and cost-effective. Research Guides and Position Papers are generated as part of a learning activity and are not under the editorial perview of SOCSD. Links from the Research Guides are not guaranteed to be stable sites and we do not have control over their content.