Human Rights Series: Refugee Rights – February 16

February 16, 2017 | Tampa, FL

On February 16, UNA-Tampa Bay hosted a panel discussion on refugees as part of our Signature Human Rights lecture series. The event was hosted at the University of South Florida and consisted of a panel discussion with Suvada Gulan, a former refugee and manager of the Lutheran Services Florida refugee resettlement program; Sylvia Acevedo, director of the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture & the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services refugee resettlement program; and Janet Blair, community liaison for Refugee Services with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services.

The panel participants were joined by two refugees: Felicien from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Aida from Cuba. Our participants discussed human rights and brought global considerations to the local level by providing an overview of how refugee resettlement is implemented locally in the Tampa Bay area.

Human Rights Series: Migrant Rights January 19

January 12, 2017 | Tampa, FL

On January 12, 2017, Dr. M. Scott Solomon, associate professor at the University of South Florida, launched our first human rights event of the year. Dr. Solomon’s talk focused on migrant rights and was part of UNA-Tampa Bay’s monthly Signature Human Rights lecture series.

The lecture focused on international migration, specifically the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Human Rights Series: December 12 Children’s Rights

December 12, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is excited to host our 4th lecture as part of our signature human rights lecture series, focusing on children’s rights. This event features Kelley Parris, executive director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Mrs. Parris has worked in the field of prevention for 25 years and founded Harriet’s House, a domestic violence shelter that services five counties in Alabama. She frequently presents on the topics related to children’s services and was recently awarded for her innovative programs in government by Auburn University’s Center for Government.


Monday December 12, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Conference Room Center
1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa FL 33605

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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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