December 5: Annual Membership Meeting

November 12 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay will be hosting its annual membership meeting on Monday December 5th at 6:30 PM at the BayCare Carillon Outpatient Center (900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, 33716). The annual membership meeting allows the UNA-Tampa Bay Board of Directors to communicate with our general membership, provide updates on the past year’s progress, and

All active members will also have the opportunity to vote for the proposed Board of Directors for the 2017 term.


UNA-Tampa Bay Co-Hosts Forum on LGBTQ+ Issues

November 3, 2016 | Orlando, FL

As part of our signature human rights lecture series, UNA-Tampa Bay co-hosted a human rights lecture on local and global perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues. This event hosted Hannah Willard, the public policy director for Equality Florida, and Michael Luongo, author and freelance journalist. ucf-event-copy

Each month, UNA-Tampa Bay hosts a human rights event on the central topic of group rights. Learn more here.

This event was co-hosted in partnership with the UCF Global Perspectives Office, the UCF Chapter of UNA-USA, and UCF LGBTQ+ Services.


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UNA-Tampa Bay Receives Proclamation from City of Tarpon Springs for CEDAW!

November 1, 2016 | Tampa, FL

We are excited to announce that the City of Tarpon Springs has joined our fight for greater gender equality. On November 1, 2016, UNA-Tampa Bay received a proclamation in support of our CEDAW efforts by the City of Tarpon Springs. The proclamation received the support of Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos and was presented by City Commissioner Susan Slattery.

UNA-Tampa Bay would also like to recognize the steadfast efforts of our advocacy director, Noelle Polk Clark, who was spearheaded our CEDAW advocacy program. Mrs. Clark presented UNA-Tampa Bay’s local efforts and stressed the importance of implementing CEDAW-specific and influenced policies in the greater Tampa Bay Area.

Our CEDAW efforts have also received resolutions of support from the City of Tampa and St. Petersburg, as well as multiple NGOs, local leaders and private citizens.


David Hawk Kicks Off UNA-Tampa Bay Monthly Human Rights Lecture Series

September 15, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay launched its signature human rights lecture series with a talk by Mr. David Hawk, former executive director of Amnesty International USA. Mr. Hawk previously directed the Cambodia Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, where he pioneered human rights education and training for Cambodians and inserted human rights provisions into the 1991 comprehensive peace agreements and the UN peace-keeping mission to Cambodia.

Mr. Hawk’s lecture, entitled “At Risk: Vulnerabilities and Protections” at the University of South Florida framed how the United Nations and its member states laid institutional foundations for human rights during its first 30 years. With the United Nations pivoting in the mid 1970’s to human rights as expressed through groups (racial and ethnic minorities, women, children, refugees, etc.), Mr. Hawk’s lecture served as an appropriate launch for this year’s lecture series. As part of UNA-Tampa Bay’s signature human rights lecture series, each month a lecture or panel discussion will focus on a human rights topic on the theme of group rights.

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Tampa Bay Community Supports Education at 8th Annual Golf Tournament!

October 9, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay would like to recognize the tremendous community support of our education programs. This past Saturday, October 8, UNA-Tampa Bay hosted our 8th Annual Ambassador Cup Golf Tournament which fundraises for our yearly education initiatives.

This year UNA-Tampa Bay received a generous gift from the estate of our former chapter president, Paul Yingst. Paul served on the Board of UNA-Tampa Bay for many years and was one of our chapter’s founding members. He was a strong advocate of education, peace-building, and the United Nations. We are honored to count him as one of our members and his tireless commitment has left an indelible mark on our organization’s success and the Tampa Bay community.

UNA-Tampa Bay also received a generous donation from Synergy Settlements, as well as other community partners and private donors. We are truly grateful for your commitment to UNA-Tampa Bay, our mission, and our commitment to internationally-focused education programs in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Donations to UNA-Tampa Bay can be made year-round online or by check. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. UNA-Tampa Bay is led by an entirely non-compensated, all volunteer Board of Directors.

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3rd Annual Welcoming Week Cultural Festival

September 18, 2016 | Tampa FL

We are proud to announce that National Welcoming Week was a tremendous success with over 650 people attending an additional 100+ student volunteers assisting with hosting the event.

This year’s cultural festival was hosted through a collaboration of organizations including UNA-Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force, USF Honors College, the USF Department of Global Health, the Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Student Collaboration, COPTIC, in addition to several other local organizations.

In recognition of this year’s theme, “Small Shoes, Big Journey,” a community shoe drive was organized by 10 year old Rachel Ackey whose father was resettled as a refugee 20 years ago. Rachel was featured on local news station WFLA. Over 350 pairs of shoes were distributed to refugee children.

UNA-USA donated backpacks to children through the Adopt-A-Future Program and private donors.

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UNA-Tampa Bay Advocates in Washington D.C. at Annual Leadership Conference

July 12, 2016 | Tampa, FL

Each year our national organization, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) hosts a leadership conference in Washington, D.C. which recognizes chapter successes, establishes and shares best practices, sets strategic goals for the organization’s future, and advocates for the mission of the United Nations.

Several members of UNA-Tampa Bay attended and represented our chapter at this year’s event. A key feature of UNA-USA’s four-day leadership conference is an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. UNA-Tampa Bay coordinated with other Florida UNA-USA chapters to promote a unified, cohesive message to our elected representatives. Collectively, our local chapters visited the offices of Senator’s Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and Representative’s Gus Bilirakis, Kathy Castor, Federica Wilson, Dennis Ross, and Alcee Hastings.

The third day of the conference was focused on education, a cornerstone mission of UNA-USA and UNA-Tampa Bay. Presentations, panel discussions, and lectures focused on the United Nation’s Global Goals, refugee integration, climate change, gender equality, and innovative teaching methods.

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Local Vigils for Pulse Victims

June 12, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is saddened by the events this morning at Pulse in Orlando, Florida, and our hearts are with the victims and their families.

In an effort to help promote community support and healing, we wish to share information on two local vigils being held tonight:

  • Ybor Metro Wellness & Community Center | 1315 E. 7th Ave., Tampa: 7-10PM | Group meeting at park at 7:00PM with silent march to River Walk
  • St. Petersburg City Hall | 175 5th St. North, St. Petersburg: 8 PM



UNA-Tampa Bay Achieves GuideStar Bronze Certification!

June 11, 2016 | Tampa, FL

In an effort to promote transparency as UNA-Tampa Bay continues to grow, we are proud to announce that we are now a GuideStar Bronze Participant. GuideStar is a service that provides, “information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.”

Bronze level participation in GuideStar’s program provides a level of transparency for the public for non-profit organizations. By achieving this level of participation, the public will have greater visibility into the activities of UNA-Tampa Bay which will allow it to assess its effectiveness and will aid in making a decision to support  UNA-Tampa Bay in its mission.

UNA-Tampa Bay will be pursuing further levels of participation with GuideStar which will provide even more information and transparency on the efforts and effectiveness of UNA-Tampa Bay.

Review our profile on GuideStar here.

You can find more information about GuideStar by clicking here.

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Give Day Tampa Bay – May 3rd!

Give Day Banner button - CopyUNA-Tampa Bay will be participating in Give Day Tampa Bay on May 3, 2016! Give Day Logo - Copy

What is Give Day Tampa Bay?

It is an annual, online fundraising drive for Tampa Bay non-profit organizations. The drive aims to increase awareness of local philanthropic efforts while donations from community businesses and sponsors boosts funds raised by non-profits. Random prizes are also given throughout the day to participating non-profits.

What Does My Donation Support?

All of UNA-Tampa Bay’s educational programs, conferences, lectures, and advocacy efforts are supported by donations and community sponsorship. Our Board of Directors serves on a voluntary, non-compensated basis and we maintain no office and no overhead costs. All funds support our local programs and advocacy work.

How Can I Help?

Save the date (May 3, 2016) and donate online at

How Can I Donate?

Donations can be made by debit or credit card on May 3, 2016 at Visit our profile on Give Day at

Can I Donate Locally?

Yes. We’ve partnered with Thirsty Marlin (1023 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor, FL 34683)! Donation envelopes for UNA-Tampa Bay will be available at tables and can be turned into staff there. Donations will be accepted through May 3!

Are Donations Tax-Deductible?

Yes. UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. If you need documentation for tax purposes, please contact us.

Still Have Questions?

Check out Give Day Tampa Bay’s FAQ page or contact us.

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