The Global Connection 
February 2023
Letter from UNA Westchester President Marcia Brewster
Celebrate International Women's Day
with UNA Westchester!
Announcing the winners of our
CEDAW Promotion Contest!

Plus, it's not too late - sign our petition now to get CEDAW passed in the United States!
Best Poster: Sophia Chen, 6th grade | Homeschooled, IN
Best Slogan: Sky Dai, 6th grade | International School, WA
Best Media: Kennedy Hines, 9th grade | Riverdale Country School, NY

View all of our winners, including Honorable Mentions, on our website.
UNA Westchester Reaches out to Social Studies Teachers
On December 9, the Westchester Chapter of UNA-USA attended the 2022 Annual Regional Conference of Social Studies educators with a display table chock full of information that attendees could use in teaching about the United Nations.

Popular material teachers were glad to find concerned the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which students are encouraged to find creative ways to help achieve. Advice on how to set up and manage a Model UN was sought after as well, as were other activities that could be adopted by high school UN clubs. Our chapter has also put together a practical list of on-line resources for teachers and students wanting to research topics relating to the UN. As a bonus, we were able to offer free UN posters, which teachers eagerly snapped up to put up in their classrooms.

The conference is organized yearly by the Westchester Lower Hudson Council for the Social Studies, although it was absent, as were so many activities, in 2020 and 2021. This year it was held at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, with a theme of “Uncharted Territories: Teaching Social Studies in a Controversial Age.” Featuring numerous workshops over three sessions between 9:30 am and 3 pm, it attracted a multitude of teachers from our area, and the Education Committee of UNA-USA Westchester was delighted to be a part of it.
2023 Calendar of Upcoming Public Events for UNA Westchester

March 5, 2023 at 3pm | International Women's Day - Register Here

May 8, 2023 | Annual Meeting
From the UNA-USA-Westchester Chapter Membership Committee
Join Us!

Are you a humanitarian?     
As our President, Marcia Brewster, tells us, that is the only criterion for joining the Westchester chapter of UNA-USA. If you care about the world and its people, if you believe in reaching across national borders, if you cherish the notion of a nation and a world based on justice, equity, and peace, this is an opportunity for you. If you are looking for the chance to work with other socially conscious people, to contribute your expertise, experience, and interest in areas such as social media and advocacy, to be a voice for change, and to support and protect the increasingly vital work of the United Nations, this is the organization for you. 

Every year, the Westchester UNA-USA chapter hosts events on Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the United Nations, and International Women’s Day. Each year there is an Annual Meeting and Community Consultation on the Future of the United Nations at which your voice can and will be heard.

And - See below for information about becoming a member.
Ronnie Lichtman
Membership Chair
Board of Directors, UNA W

AND: Please also send an email to our Membership Committee Chair ( so we know you have joined and can invite you to our welcome for new members.
See below, to join us ...
Now …
would be the perfect time for ALL our friends to join as Members.  
Remember, Students Join Free!  Thank you!

You can become a member easily by going to Make sure to click on Westchester in the drop-down box. 
If you are 12-25, it’s free. For all others, first year membership is only $25.00
If you prefer to send a check, include your full name, address, phone number, email, and chapter location (Westchester, of course!) and mail to:
PO Box 96397 
Washington, DC 20090-6397
Raina Kadavil

Line Editor
Marcia Brewster
Online Placement
Nicole Butterfield
Social Media Editor
Raina Kadavil

Marcia Brewster, President
Demetrios Mihailidis and Lilli Schindler, Vice Presidents
Karen Rockwell El-Badry, Secretary
Professor Victor Petenkemani, Treasurer
Brenda L. G. Smith, Nominating Chair
Tricia Baldes
Daniel Bena
Ambassador Francis Okelo
Nicole Butterfield, Program Co-Chair
Colleen Gardephe, Program Co-Chair
Raina Kadavil, Young Professionals Co-Chair & Communications Chair
Ronnie Lichtman, Membership Chair
Paul Presendieu, Young Professionals Co-Chair

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