UNA-USA Dallas Committees
Work with local community and elected officials to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the UN. Promote the UNA Advocacy Agenda, and promote chapter response to UNA calls for action. Coordinate actions with Communications committee. A key advocacy effort this year will be to begin the Cities for CEDAW campaign in Dallas.
Communications (Social & Print Media)
Work with other chapter committees to inform, inspire, and mobilize chapter members and broader Dallas community via print and social media. (Website, Google Groups, Facebook, Twitter, Thunderclap, YouTube UN Video feed, etc.)
CEDAW (Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) is an international treaty adopted by the UN in 1979 that has yet to be ratified by the U.S Senate. CEDAW members assist in grassroots efforts that provide tools and leadership to empower local women’s organizations and municipalities and effectively initiate CEDAW in North Texas.
Education (Model UN & Global Classroom & More)
Identify Dallas area Model UN groups and ways our chapter can interact with and support them. Identify any schools that have incorporated Global Classrooms in their curriculum or schools open to incorporating Global Classrooms.
Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.
Global Classrooms is an innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship.
United Nations Youth Coalition Dallas
The United Nations Youth Coalition (UNYCDallas) serves to educate North Texas youth and create a movement of action and advocacy to solve the issues facing our generation.
Identify chapter programs that may be used as income-generating opportunities. Identify local organizations (NGOs, Foundations) that will provide financial support for the work of our local chapter. Work with Membership and Outreach committees to promote membership, which also provides funds for our local chapter. Funds will be used to provide scholarships, send chapter members to national conferences, to bring speakers to our area, and to develop broader programming options.
GenUN is a program that encourages new and creative ideas. As the new generation of global leaders, UNA-USA Campus Chapters are encouraged to find innovative ways to engage their campuses and communities. GenUN leaders develop new skills, network, and build leadership skills. This learning experience helps prepare students for future careers.
Promote membership at chapter meetings. Encourage sign-in at chapter meetings and at outreach events in order to capture information for potential members. Maintain the membership records with monthly updated sent from the national UNA office. Maintain Google Groups of members and potential members.
Council of Organizations – Build the COO coalition in Dallas. COO is a coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local groups of organizations with interests in education, social justice, labor, sustainable development, energy and climate, millennium development goals, human rights, health and women’s issues that all share the common goals of making the American public more knowledgeable about global issues and strengthening the U.S. – UN relationship.
Speakers’ Bureau – A trained group of individuals who can speak to Dallas’ diverse activist, nonprofit, and academic communities to support discussions of important issues relevant to the United Nations and international affairs. By making our leaders available to speak at events hosted by other local organizations, we allow these groups and their members to benefit from the specialized knowledge our leadership has.
Organize/coordinate staffing of booths at events- Recruit members to staff booths at community events where UNA-USA and UN Foundation informational materials can be distributed, e.g. Intl Women’s Day, Earth Day, cultural and community fairs, Student Career days)
Identify, plan, and implement chapter programs, with specific emphasis on UN Day Programming and other major dates identified by UN calendar or by request from UNA national office. Identify opportunities to co-sponsor programs with other organizations that support the work of the UN.
Refugees (liaison to community) – Maintain relationships with local refugee agencies and provide information to our chapter and the Dallas community at large for volunteer and advocacy opportunities.
Refugees (Adopt-a-Future campaign)
Offer education on the global refugee crisis and on the national Adopt-a-Future campaign, with both local and international emphases. Encourage donations of funds, time, and items to support and welcome refugees at the local level. With Board approval, recruit for major fundraising efforts to support education of refugee children, locally and internationally.
Inform chapter and community about Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Increase awareness about the positive work being performed by the UN Human Rights Council and specialized agencies. Promote education and advocacy in support of UN/UNA human rights campaigns.
UNA-USA Young Professionals is a program of UNA-USA that seeks to engage young professionals in discussions of international affairs, emphasizing the importance of multilateral cooperation and the United Nations.
Encourage middle and high school youth to engage in global education and leadership skills. The United Nations Youth Coalition (UNYCDallas.org) serves to educate North Texas youth and create a movement of action and advocacy to solve the issues facing our generation. This committee encourages youth to become GenUN members now and to carry their global education and leadership skills into their college career as they continue to support the UN.