Annual Model United Nations Conference – March 24

March 4, 2017 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay is excited to announce our annual Model United Nations conference will be hosted March 24, 2017 at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center. The conference is an all day event beginning at 10:00 AM and closing at 5:30 with an awards presentation, that brings together more than 200 students from local middle and high schools.

The Model United Nations conference is supported by UNA-Tampa Bay and led by the USF Model United Nations Team. Students are required to conduct their own research prior to the conference and promote their assigned country’s position. The conference allows students to develop valuable skills in research, debate, negotiations, and consensus building on critical and complex global issues.

UNA-Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We use donations to support local education programs such as the Model United Nations. Learn more on how to support UNA-Tampa Bay here.

Learn more about our Model United Nations and Model Arab League Conferences and check out photos from our 2016 MUN Conference and our 2016 MAL Conference.

Spring 2017 High School Topics

  • General Assembly: Increasing Women’s Role in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Enhancing the Rights of Women and Girls in Developing Countries

Spring 2017 Middle School Topics

  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): Encouraging the Role of Women and Girls in Entrepreneurship (Economic Empowerment)
  • High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Women’s Role in Sustainable Development

 

Support UNA-Tampa Bay By Joining Us For a Fundraiser at MedSpa – March 11

UNA-Tampa Bay is excited to announce that we are hosting a fundraiser at Radiance Medspa on March 11th from 11:30AM-1:00PM. This event will include food/drinks, a $100 credit towards Radiance Medspa’s services, a free brow card, and multiple drawings and opportunities to win prizes.

All proceeds support UNA-Tampa Bay’s local education programs here in the Tampa Bay community. 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.

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.

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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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