UNA-Chicago Chapter

Annual Meeting on Sat., Dec 9: 3-5pm

Our 2023 Annual Meeting was Saturday, December 9 from 3-5pm at Polsinelli Law Offices located at 150 N. Riverside Plaza in person or online. Meeting included presentations from all attending candidates. Voting was for the two contested positions of Advocacy Director and Vice President. There was no Treasurer applicant, so the board will try to appoint one until next Annual Meeting.  Applications were received during the whole month of November.  Click here for a description of board positions. Elections started at 5:00pm after meeting and continued for 24 hours with an online ballot for members. Meeting also included a year-in-review and guest speaker about Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of UDHR.

Fireside Chat on Economic Opportunity in Chicagoland on Fri., Nov. 3: 12-1pm

There was a discussion with UNA-Chicago Global Goal #8 Ambassador Gabrielle Sims along with Economist and Kellogg School of Management Professor Benjamin Jones about Chicago's economic growth trajectory and pathways for shared prosperity in the region.  Please get more information on Eventbrite.

UN Day Event October 28

Our annual United Nations Day event was Saturday, October 28th from 3:00-5:00pm at Polsinelli Law Offices located at 150 N. Riverside Plaza. Doors opened at 2:30.  The event began with inspiring opening remarks by our keynote speaker, IL State Senator Mike Simmons, 7th Senate District. The Global Goal Award 2023 was presented to the Peace School, for its unwavering mission advocating for peace locally and globally.  

The second half of the event welcomed guest speaker, multiple award recipient, Executive Director and Founder of the Syrian Community Network,  Suzanne Akhras. The event concluded with a presentation from student leaders and refugee advocates from the Chicago Student Refugee Coalition.  Light refreshments were served.

Teacher Wellness Online Retreat

María Barragán Ortiz's 2nd Wellness Retreat was on October 10th.  It was a time for a time of mindfulness, self-care, and conscious leadership. Registration for that event was through Eventbrite . Oct. 10 was the UN's World Mental Health Day and Oct. 5 was the UN's World Teachers' Day!

Day of Dignity

UNA Chicago was a community partner to "Day of Dignity" major outreach event sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and hosted by the Chicago Refugee Coalition on Saturday, August 26 from 10am-6pm at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park.  UNA-Chicago hosted an information table to support refugees in Chicago and worldwide.  Below is State Senator Mike Simmons, District 7 in Rogers Park, with a message of gratitude for Day of Dignity.

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International Youth Day August 12

Please consider participating in Youth Day. More info here. UN seeks youth media posts throughout August.

Rachel Pittman, UNA-USA Executive Director, Joins Meeting

The Global Goals Ambassadors committee hosted its meeting on Monday, August 14 from 6-7pm.  It featured Rachel Pittman, Executive Director of UNA-USA for a Fireside Chat with Global Goals Director, Fikayo Benson.  She joined us from Washington D.C.

The November newsletter was emailed November 18Upcoming events are our Annual Meeting on December 9UNA-USA Membership (with Chicago Chapter selected) is welcomed and required for voting, but not required for general attendance.

Apply to Be our Treasurer. Contact  info@unachicago.org

Here is a description of board positions.

Welcome to our 2024 new board members!

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UNA Chicago Board members, UNA Chicago, Ambassadors, members and friends with special guests, our friends from the Chicago Student Refugee Coalition. 

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Master Kim and Jennifer Kim from the Peace School, recipients of the Global Goal Award 2023, acompanied by the UNA Chicago Board members, from left to right, Director of Communications and Technology, Charles Gunn, Director of Special Initiatives, Sana'a Hussien, and Chapter President, Cecilia Torres. 

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Our keynote speaker, IL State Senator Mike Simmons, with student leaders and advocates from the Chicago Student Refugee Coalition.