2018 Global Goals, Local Leaders Award Recipients Announced!

DALLAS (SMU) - The Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, a national grassroots organization devoted to strengthening the U.S.- UN relationship through public education and advocacy, announced its 2018 Honorees – an extraordinary group of North Texans, for their bold, transformative work shifting the world onto a more sustainable and resilient path.

 This year’s recipients, through their organizations and body of work, have helped advance gender equality, immigration reform, humanitarianism, democracy, and more. UNA-USA, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, will honor the recipients at the annual UN Day Reception & Awards on Tuesday, October 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center.  The event is co-sponsored by Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University.

2018 Global Goals, Local Leader Honorees

Category: Sustainable Development


Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President/ CEO

Dallas Women's Foundation


Steve Love, President/ CEO

Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council


Gerald Britt, Vice President of Public Policy and Community Program Development

City Square


Dianne Solis, Senior Writer

Dallas Morning News


Paul Zoltan, Attorney at Law

Zoltan Law


Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder, Senior Pastor 

Kessler Park United Methodist Church


Richard Marcus, President

The Marcus Company


In addition, UNA-USA Dallas will present its first-ever "Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Hero Award" to Linda Abramson Evans (board member and 30-year UNA Dallas member), to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Committee on Refugees that she founded and maintains.  Linda’s leadership and personal volunteerism have facilitated community support for the refugee service agencies that assist refugees in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.   

 “We recognize these remarkable individuals for their accomplishments and contributions not only to North Texas, but to the global community,” said Shabnam Modgil, president, UNA-USA Dallas. “To our Global Goals, Local Leader Award recipients, whose work help thousands of people to live better lives, we honor you.”

The UN Day Reception and Awards is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together community leaders, educators, legislators, and faith and nonprofit organizations.  Attendees engage on global affairs, civil and social justice, human rights, and much more. The 2018 keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Levi Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for UN Ministry and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. Rev. Bautista has written, spoken, and led conferences extensively on issues of migration, refugees, and human rights for more than the 23 years.

 “We congratulate the 2018 Global Goals, Local Leader recipients,” said Craig C. Hill, Dean and Professor of New Testament at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology. “We believe their contribution has made the world a better place for ourselves and for future generations.”

TICKETS: Individual tickets, tables and information on sponsorship opportunities are now available at www.dallas-una.org.

About UNA-USA: The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a grassroots movement of Americans who support the vital work of the United Nations in U.S. communities, colleges, and Congress. For more than 70 years, UNA-USA and its national network of 20,000 members and 200 Chapters have promoted strong U.S. leadership at the UN through advocacy campaigns, youth engagement, outreach programs, and public events.

About the United Nations Foundation: The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org

 About Perkins School of Theology:  Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.  www.smu.edu/perkins

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Kai Stansberry