Five Points Gang vs. NYPD: NYPD

Head Chair: Matthew Lee

Crisis Director: Anisha Dangoria

Background Guide Coming in Dec. 2018

Dear Delegates,

My name is Matthew Lee and I am honored to serve as your Head Chair for this year’s conference! I am a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology with a specialization in molecular toxicology. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in health. I am proud to serve as the Secretary of UCBMUN and love how Model UN has an intrinsic ability to bring together great minds from across the globe together to debate, interact, and grow. Apart from chairing and traveling with UCBMUN, I am a music producer for our school newspaper, The Daily Californian, and an avid bluegrass musician and performer on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. I had the privilege of serving on Secretariat as well as vice-chairing the Ad-Hoc Committee at last year’s UCBMUN and am excited to witness another weekend of intense, high-caliber debate in this Joint Crisis Committee of the New York Police Department. Now more than ever, it is vital to examine the history of law enforcement and criminal justice in our country and there are few eras in American history more exciting than rise of the Five Points Gang in New York City during the turn of the 19th century.

When I am able to find some free time in my schedule, you can find me watching close-up videos of wisdom teeth extractions, busking on the streets of Marin, or exploring new running trails around Berkeley. I wish you all the best of luck in preparation and committee and I look forward to meeting all of you in the beautiful San Francisco!

Matthew Lee

Esteemed delegates,

My name is Anisha Dangoria, and I am a senior double majoring in political economy and sociology. For my fourth (and sadly, my final year) with UCBMUN, it is with the greatest pleasure that I, along with the rest of the JCC staff, welcome you to UCBMUN XXIII. UCBMUN has always seen unique, fast-paced and challenging committees as a point of pride and distinguishing feature of our conference, and I am thrilled that I get to carry on that tradition as the crisis director for JCC: NYPD. I have been involved with UCBMUN since my freshman year, serving as both a USG of JCC and SG of UCBMUN XXII. I am beyond excited to serve as a crisis director for my last conference! I am extremely passionate about early American history and law enforcement, and I cannot wait to explore the world of New York City mobsters and criminal justice with you all! In addition to this, as a Bay Area native, I am always extremely excited to welcome delegates to my home and show off everything this amazing area has to offer! Outside of UCBMUN, I can be found either experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, exploring all of the amazing food the bay has to offer, or running in an effort to work up an appetite. My extracurricular interests also involve volunteering as a translator and legal clerk with Bay Area domestic violence and immigration clinics, as well as consulting for local start ups. To me, the synergy of different fields of study, points of view and backgrounds are extremely important in all aspects of my life, and it is what I value most about Model UN as an activity. I can’t wait to see what you all bring to the table this March!

Anisha Dangoria