6 July 2020
To the members and prospective members of RUAIR,
I hope this message reaches you all well, and that all of you had an enjoyable Independence Day weekend! This morning as many of you saw, President Holloway and others have released a succession of statements regarding the fall semester. According to their statements, most students will not be able to return to campus for the fall and in any case clubs are heavily discouraged from meeting in person.
RUAIR is committed to adjusting to unusual circumstances we find ourselves in. We intend to continue to carry out our club’s founding mission, that is “to increase the level of understanding, interest, and debate of topics on international affairs...promote a better understanding of the global political environment...and to offer Rutgers students the opportunity to participate…[in]Model United Nations conferences” (RUAIR’s Constitution 2017-2018). While the circumstances are not entirely optimal, we will be hosting biweekly meetings online in the fall. We will continue our efforts to keep all members closely in the loop, to train and integrate new members, and to grow as both individuals and as a club. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, we still plan to go as a delegation to both Columbia and Yales’ respective Model UN conferences. At the moment, we are still funded for these trips and we will still host tryouts and train our delegates as planned.
From our loyal members, we ask for your patience and understanding for some of the challenges Rutgers, and indeed the world, are facing at the moment. Your Eboard is working diligently to overcome these obstacles and will continue to do so over the summer to ensure that we still have a fun, educational, and engaging fall semester. We heavily advise that all members join our discord. We will continue to monitor the situation at hand, and regularly update the club with news as they develop.
The Executive Board of RUAIR (2020-2021)