Chapter Highlights

UNA Chicago


  • Grew our social media following on Instagram and Twitter by over 161%
  • Hosted 6 members of the cast of Chicago’s HAMILTON for a panel discussion on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development
  • Received over $11,000 in grants, including a $10,000 grant from Walgreens/Boot Alliance
  • The largest Chicago and national delegation participated in the National Summit and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC
  • Continued to host core programming such as InterGenMUN and Global Peace Picnic generating over 2000 participants at the picnic, while increasing our monthly programming
  • Raised over $16,000 in our first year of fundraising for the Shabele School through the Adopt-A-Future campaign
  • Established a partnership with the Center on Halsted through the “Stand up for Someone’s Rights’ campaign to develop educational programming on LGBTQ rights and advocacy efforts


  • Kerith Brand (President of UNA-GCC) was elected to UNA-USA’s National Council and to serve as Great Lakes Region Representative
  • UNA-USA GCC 2017-2019 Strategic Plan released
  • Continued to host core programming such as InterGenMUN and Global Peace Picnic with over twice as many delegates to InterGenMUN and five times as many individuals participating in the Global Peace Picnic
  • Growing number of chapter leaders participated in Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.
  • Developed and launched the Global Goals Ambassadors program, now a national initiative
  • With Joshua Cooper, US Human Rights Network Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Geneva Coordinator, led two UPR consultations
  • Kicked off our commitment to raise $30,000 for the Adopt-A-Future program and the Shabele School in the Kakuma Refugee Camp at our annual UN Day celebration


  • Hosted Trivia Night “Globapalooza” in February featuring Jana Mason, Senior Advisor, U.S. Government and External Relations at UNHCR to provide update on refugees around the world
  • Held second annual InterGenMUN


  • Group visit to Senator Mark Kirk’s office in March 2014
  • Co-hosted film screening and panel discussion of Honor Diaries, featuring UNA-GCC member Zainab Zeb Khan
  • Facilitated a Universal Periodic Review workshop led by Ryan Kaminsky, Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow with UN Foundation
  • Op-ed written by UNA-GCC President Farah Salim Eck regarding UN Campaign “Free and Equal” to promote LGBTQ rights placed in Windy City Times
  • Awarded $1,000 grant to host Sustainable Development Goals workshop with guest speaker Will Davis, UNDP Washington Office Deputy Director
  • Hosted first InterGenMUN (Intergenerational Model United Nations); second event to be organized in the country
  • Increased membership by 50%
  • Hosted “Local & Global Innovators: Advancing the 2013-2015 Advocacy Agenda” in observance of UN Public Service Day in June
  • Farah Salim Eck (President of UNA-GCC) elected as Great Lakes Region Representative of UNA-USA’s Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee


  • Held post-MDG Consultation Workshop; supported by partial grant from UNA-USA
  • Shot@Life Panel: Tan of Lurie Children’s Hospital Infection Disease specialist, Dr. Cordes of Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. LaVonne Downey of Roosevelt University held at Oak Park’s West Suburban Hospital

2011 & 2012

  • Global Wake-Up Film Festival – held at Columbia College featuring film submissions from filmmakers around the world and shown over a two-day span at Columbia College.  Also an Awards Dinner and Reception held.


  • Haiti Earthquake Fundraising: trip to Haiti under Erica Green and Jan Douglas


  • Members-only breakfast with Ban Ki Moon during his introductory US tour


  • Coordination of Silence the Violence, a march led by Model UN Club kids to raise money to fight the violence against kids in Darfur and also those afflicted in Chicago by violence


  • Chapter reinvigorated under Gabrielle Buckely at the request of Edison Dick (the Dick Family Foundation Grant we receive each year – his mother was a founding Chicago member)
  • AIDS Pandemic event with guest speaker General Daillaire
  • Significant supporters of Model UN – assisted with monetary sponsorship of scarves and ties for the students to wear at the event.  Roxxy Cooley (past board director) was associated with CPS Global Classrooms at the time, Claudia Jaccarino was involved with getting it implemented at the Middle School level, and Akvile Cosimo Monkute was a Global Classrooms trainer