All of IRO’s activities are managed by a twelve-person elected executive board of officers. The President is responsible for managing the Executive Board and overseeing the full scope of the organization’s activities, while the Vice President organizes the weekly programs and meetings. The Treasurer manages the group’s funds and submits its annual tax report, while IRO’s Secretary communicates with club members and coordinates everyone for major events. Two Inter-Collegiate Coordinators (ICCs) handle all of the arrangements in sending IRO members to conferences hosted by other colleges and universities, while two Members-at-Large organize social activities and promote bonding among the membership. There are also three Secretaries-General, each responsible for the planning and execution of one of the club’s annual Model UN conferences (VAMUN, VICS, and VIGMUN); they are in turn each assisted by a Secretariat. The IRO membership also elects the Editor-in-Chief of the Wilson Journal each year, who in turn selects an Editorial Board to collect, review, and edit submissions for the next edition of the journal. Lastly, the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Inquirer organizes the podcast’s research and production staff, leads the production of weekly episodes, and serves as the podcast’s host. In addition to its Executive Board, IRO keeps both a law firm and accountant on contract to help ensure activities are in accordance with the state’s requirements for non-profit organizations.
President Sean Rastatter
Sean Rastatter is a fourth-year from Woodbridge, Virginia, majoring in Computer Science with a Business Minor. Sean has been involved with IRO since his first year, serving in the past as the organization’s Director of IT and Inter-Collegiate Coordinator. He came to VAMUN as a delegate in high school, where he was first introduced to IRO. As president, he looks to foster a more open and welcoming atmosphere and make the organization better for everyone. Outside of IRO, Sean is an avid Washington Capitals and New York Mets fan (two teams that can’t get the job done in the playoffs). Sean is excited to be serving as president for 2018, and looks forward to a great year!
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Vice President Katya Sankow
Katya is a third-year Russian and Eastern European Studies and Foreign Affairs major from Pittsburgh, PA. She has been heavily involved with IRO for the past two years, having produced podcasts, chaired MUN committees, travelled with the MUN team, and planned programs and social gatherings as a Member-at-Large during her second year. Outside of IRO, she enjoys volunteering with The Haven and VISAS, expanding her Russian vocabulary, and collecting Soviet posters and Slavic memes. She is excited to plan stimulating meetings, create opportunities for students, and foster a positive and welcoming environment.
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Treasurer Aditya Seth
Aditya Seth is a third year from Mumbai, India in the McIntire School of Commerce concentrating in Finance and Marketing. He is really passionate about foreign affairs and global politics and has been involved with IRO since his first year. He has been Director General for our collegiate conference VICS and is also a frequent traveller on the Model UN team. Outside the classroom, he can be found exploring fun places to eat in Charlottesville or looking up random aviation facts online.
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Secretary Matthew Slagley
Matthew Slagley is a third year from Richmond, Virginia who will be double majoring in Foreign Affairs and Philosophy. Matthew has been doing Model UN since sophomore year of high school, and now competes for UVa’s Model UN team. He has also served as a Crisis Director for VAMUN XXXVII and will be doing so again for VICS XXIII. Outside of IRO and MUN, Matthew can be found watching a Quentin Tarantino film, listening to his favorite music, or watching eSports of all kinds.
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VICS Secretary-General Sam Rice
Sam Rice is a Fourth Year at the University of Virginia. He majors in Commerce with a second major in Government. When he’s not “studying,” he can be found watching Game of Thrones, Westworld, or The Expanse, reading science fiction, or pointlessly but quite enjoyably arguing about everything with his IRO friends. Sam has been involved with IRO since the beginning of his first year, staffing many of IRO’s Model UN conferences and attending IRO events. Sam has found his best friends in IRO and through Model UN, and hopes he can help give back to the organization by directing the 24th iteration of the Virginia International Crisis Simulation Model UN conference.
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Wilson Journal Editor-in-Chief Sarah Corning
Sarah is a third-year pursuing a degree in Political and Social Thought. Sarah acts as the current Editor-in-Chief for the Wilson Journal for Undergraduate Research in Foreign Affairs. Sarah also works as a research assistant for Professor Denise Walsh in the Politics Department, serves as Curator for TEDxUVA, Director of Taste of Home, and works at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. Sarah’s independent research concerns migration and protection for vulnerable women, focusing on the latest migration and refugee crises. Her latest research project took her to Mexico with the United Nations International Organization for Migration.
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Inter-Collegiate Coordinators Adam Kimelman and Ishaan Veen
Adam Kimelman is a fourth year from Middletown, NY who is majoring in Government and History. Adam went to his first MUN conference his first semester at UVA, and he’s been traveling with the team ever since. When he isn’t solving or (mostly) creating crises – both in MUN and in real life -, Adam will probably be talking about politics and you will most likely tell him to stop and do LITERALLY anything else at least once or twice. Adam is very excited for the upcoming year and is willing to help members of the MUN travel team in whatever way he can.
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Ishaan is a rising second year in the College planning to study commerce and mathematics and hails from Washington, D.C. Outside of UVA’s International Relations Organization, he is involved with the Indian Student Association and has served as an assistant crisis director for VAMUN and a crisis director for VICS. He will be serving as head crisis director for the Wilson Global Systems Simulation at VAMUN in the fall. In his free time, he miserably roots for Washington sports teams and plays intramural basketball.
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Members-at-Large Andrea Eichenberger and Shriya Dodwani
Andrea Eichenberger is a 2nd year currently studying foreign affairs. In addition to being MAL, Andrea has been on VICS Secretariat, VIGMUN Secretariat, and is currently on VAMUN Secretariat. Andrea looks forward to planning fun events for IRO with her counterpart, Shriya Dodwani, this year!
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A Second-Year from Louisville, Kentucky, Shriya is studying Foreign Affairs and French here at UVA. Along with her position in the International Relations Organization, she is primarily involved with Echols Ambassadors, Madison House, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Outside of class, Shriya can be found traveling with the Model UN team, binge watching Bob’s Burgers, and sipping on Kentucky’s finest: Ale-8 soda.
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VIGMUN Secretary-General Monica Sebastian
Monica Sebastian is a third year Politics major from Ellicott City, Maryland. She is excited to serve as Secretary-General for VIGMUN V and previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for Logistics for VIGMUNs III & IV and USG of Internal Relations for VAMUN XXXVII. Monica also currently serves as the Vice President of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. Monica is extremely excited and honored to serve on the Executive Board of the International Relations Organization and is looking forward to making VIGMUN an enjoyable and educational conference for all those involved!
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Editor-in-Chief of the Global Inquirer Nicholas Mortensen
Nicholas is a third year Global Security and Justice major. He serves as the Editor-in-chief of the Global Inquirer.
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