United Nations Association of Atlanta, RCE Greater Atlanta K-12 Action Group & BETT AWARDS 2020 winner ed-tech start-up Twin Science would like to invite you to a live-streamed STEM Quest Show themed “Sustainable World” on Saturday, November 21st at 10AM EST.⠀
This show is suitable for ages 8-13 but all children are welcomed to participate and answer questions during the YouTube live-stream.⠀Kids will have fun while learning about scientific approaches and rational thinking methods. Free, educational robotics and coding toys will be gifted after the show.
We invite all children and their families to our youtube/TwinScience Channel to participate in this entertaining educational show.
United Nations Association of Atlanta, in partnership with Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development of Greater Atlanta (RCE Greater Atlanta), created the Sustainable Coffee Talks (SCT) as an initiative to provide networking and educational opportunities for members, partners, and the general public. Each talk focuses on one or more Sustainable Development Goals.
Goalmakers 2020 initiative is a nationwide effort by GlobalWA, spanning across 7 cities, to advance the United Nations’ Global Goals. United Nations Association of USA, Atlanta Chapter has been selected as the host organization for Goalmakers Atlanta.
COVID-19 stunted the progress made to reach the global goals, including Gender Equality. Before the pandemic, there were improvements on this goal as fewer girls were forced into an early marriage and more women were in leadership roles, but full gender equality remains unreached. According to the United Nation’s progress report, “women already spend three times as many hours as men on unpaid care work at home. The closure of school and day-care centers requires parents, women in particular, to care more for children and facilitate their learning at home.” Women are underrepresented in pandemic-related leadership roles across governments, even though women account for 70% of health and social workers. “The promise of a world in which every woman and girl enjoy full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed remains unfulfilled.”
If the future generation of girls become global citizens, imagine what kind of world they can create, advancing all of the 17 global goals. But they would need to be empowered first.
Join UNA-Atlanta in the celebration of the United Nation's 75th anniversary with a talk on international identity and multilateralism as important factors in creating a more sustainable and peaceful world.
Oct 29, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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About the Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Ángel Cabrera
President, Georgia Tech
On Sept. 1, 2019, Ángel Cabrera became the 12th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cabrera came to Georgia Tech after serving for seven years as president of George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia.
A top-10 public research university in the U.S., Georgia Tech has outstanding programs in business, computing, design, engineering, liberal arts, and the sciences. With 40,000 students and more than 170,000 living alumni who work in business, industry, and government throughout the world, Georgia Tech has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational and research programs.
Under his leadership for the past year thousands of members of the Georgia Tech community have contributed to a new 10-year strategic plan to be launched fall 2020. The plan is grounded on a new mission statement that reaffirms Tech’s commitment to “developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.”
He is leading the Institute through one of the most critical times in its history in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, internally to prioritize the health and safety of the Tech community and externally to develop innovative solutions to combat the disease.
Under his leadership at George Mason, the university accounted for more than half of all enrollment growth in Virginia, increased student outcomes, and joined the top tier of research universities in the Carnegie Classification. From 2004 to 2012, Cabrera served as president at Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of Arizona State University. Prior to that he was dean of IE Business School in Madrid.
As a business educator, Cabrera has played a key role in advancing professional ethics, internationalization, and corporate social responsibility. As a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, in 2007 he was the lead author of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education,” now adopted by more than 700 schools around the world. He is also a co-founder of the University Global Coalition, a global network of universities working in partnership with the United Nations in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
He’s been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, a “Star of Europe” by Businessweek, “Henry Crown Fellow” by the Aspen Institute, and “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has received honorary degrees from Miami Dade College and Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.
Cabrera serves on the boards of the National Geographic Society, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
Cabrera earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a telecommunications engineering degree (B.S. and M.S. in computer and electrical engineering) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has published extensively in academic journals and has been featured or quoted in leading media around the world.
He is married to management scholar and Georgia Tech classmate Elizabeth. Their son Alex is a recent Georgia Tech graduate and currently a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. Their daughter Emilia is a senior at Harvard University. Cabrera is the first native of Spain to serve as president of an American university.
Ambassador Farrukh Khan
Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the 75th President of the United Nations General Assembly
Ambassador Farrukh Iqbal Khan has over 25 years of diplomatic career with the Foreign Service of Pakistan. Prior to joining the Office of the President of the General Assembly, he was leading the United Nations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Pakistan), as its Director General. Earlier, and amongst various other national and international positions, he served as a Senior Manager in the Executive Office of the Secretary General (EOSG) at the United Nations; Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN in New York; Director (United Nations) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad; and Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva.
Ambassador Khan brings to OPGA robust experience in advancing priorities on sustainability, climate change, human rights, and peace and security issues. He has chaired and served on the UN and other international committees, and multilateral funds.
A graduate of the National Institute of Management (Pakistan) and a former UN Disarmament Fellow, Farrukh has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar Rehmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Master of Law (LLM) from Columbia Law School and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) with specialization in International Economic Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. He holds a BA from Government College, Lahore, and an LLB (Bachelor of Law) from the University of the Punjab, Lahore. He has written for international journals as well as international and local newspapers.
About the Panelists:
Ayse Lokmanoglu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Department and a Presidential Fellow in the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative focused on violent extremist groups and the process of state building. She works as a research assistant on five Department of Defense, Minerva Grants and a Facebook Phase Two Content Policy Research Grant -- conducting research on terrorist social media and propaganda. Lokmanoglu earned her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and her B.A. in Economics and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. Her primary area of research assesses the mechanisms of propaganda and persuasion used by violent extremist organizations and how they manipulate institutions and resources, such as monetary economics, to create proto states. She has six articles and book chapters published and has presented her research in conferences including: American Political Science Association (APSA) 2020, International Studies Association (ISA) 2020; Society of Terrorism Research (STR) 2019; VOX-Pol Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet: Present and Future Trends Conference 2018; and Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) 2018.
Volker Franke is Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University (KSU) and the Founding Director of KSU’s PhD program in International Conflict Management. Dr. Franke is also Founder and Chairman of TRENDS Global, an Atlanta-area based nonprofit dedicated to research and engagement in diverse communities. Previously, Dr. Franke served as part-time Visiting Professor with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S Army War College in Carlisle, PA (2016-19) and as Director of Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), one of Germany’s premier peace and conflict research and capacity building institutes (2006-2008). From 1998-2007, he was Director and Managing Editor of the National Security Studies Case Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Dr. Franke holds a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from North Carolina State University and a MA in political science and sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He is the author of Preparing for Peace: Military Identity, Value-Orientations, and Professional Military Education (Praeger 1999) and more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, case studies and research reports on issues related to peace and security studies, conflict management, civil-military relations, development policy and social identity. He is also the editor of Terrorism and Peacekeeping: New Security Challenges (Praeger 2005) and Security in a Changing World: Case Studies in U.S. National Security Management (Praeger 2002), and co-editor Understanding Complex Military Operations (Routledge 2015), Conflict Management and “Whole of Government:” Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? (Strategic Studies Institute 2012) and Conflict Management and Peacebuilding: Pillars of a new American Grand Strategy? (Strategic Studies Institute, 2014).
Melissa Kilby is the Executive Director of Girl Up, the global leadership development organization transforming a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change.
Since 2010, Girl Up has developed 75,000 girl leaders in 120 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and has raised more than $27 million for girls’ leadership programs and impact partners at the United Nations. Melissa joined Girl Up in its first year, and during her tenure with her team, has built the organization into the force that it is today.
Melissa is a leading expert on next gen leadership and youth activism. Recently named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, Melissa is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run, Washington DC. Prior to Girl Up, Melissa served as a National Director for OP3, where she helped raise an average of $45 million each season managing a nine-city, multi-day fundraising walk series benefiting the Avon Foundation for Women. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Strategic Communication from University of Missouri – Columbia. In 2014, she was selected to participate in a highly competitive program for non-profit leaders through Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Melissa sits on the U.S. Advisory Group for UN Women’s WE EMPOWER G7 and the Steering Committee for Women in Dev.
Melissa has appeared on MSNBC, written articles for Huffington Post and Harvard International Review, been quoted in many national and international press outlets and speaks regularly as an expert on leadership, activism and Gen Z girls. Recent speaking engagements include TEDxQuincy, Women in Dev, UN Women International Women’s Day events, and various other Girl Up events and at the UN.
Dr. Sevgin Eroglu is a faculty member in the Robinson College of Business, Departments of International Business and Marketing, Georgia State University. She specializes in the fields of marketing, retailing and international business. Dr. Eroglu’s research has been published in many academic journals including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Retailing, International Marketing Review, Marketing Letters and Journal of Consumer Psychology. Her extensive teaching, consulting, speaking and training activities span a variety of organizations (commercial and academic) and geographies (Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Americas). Dr. Eroglu specializes especially in the MBA and executive teaching levels and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. For the past two decades, she has led the international curriculum of the Executive MBA at Georgia State University which has been consistently ranked among the top programs worldwide by Financial Times. Her consulting work spans the spectrum from marketing research to marketing strategy in both domestic and international contexts. In Turkey, Dr. Eroglu continues to maintain her long-term affiliations with many academic and commercial institutions including those in Brazil, Egypt, France, Italy and Turkey.
Leonard E. Robinson, a proud father and grandfather, has traveled a very distinctive career path in his life. Currently residing in Atlanta Georgia, he has a successful track record in the private, public and non-profit sectors with over forty-five (45) years of experience in environmental management and sustainability. He has run the unusual path of wastewater treatment plants to superfund sites to steel mills to radio studios to working for Governors giving him a unique, holistic perspective in the environmental/sustainability field. When asked about his unique career path, he remarks, “I didn’t find my career…my career found me”. He is a much sought-after speaker; consultant; strategist; radio talk show host and lecturer specializing in the opportunities and challenges of a Circular Economy.Currently, he serves as the Sustainability Strategist for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He is entrusted with creating a Sustainability vision; mission and program for 103 parishes and missions, 277 diocesan and religious priests, 62 seminarians, 18 archdiocesan Catholic schools, 1.2 million Catholics in north central Georgia. He is also a partner with the sustainability consulting firm SEMCO with offices in southern California and the greater Atlanta area.Mr. Robinson has served as an appointee for four (4) California Governors in Executive positions at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the Colorado River Board of California. He was part of the Executive Team that created California’s Climate Change and Green Chemistry policies. Prior to his State service he was the Environmental/Safety Manager for TAMCO Steel, the only steel mill in California. Mr. Robinson was inspired by his parents who taught him to “always leave your room in better condition when you leave than it was when you arrived." He made the environment his “room."
Jennifer McCoy, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. Her current research project on Polarized Politics aims to identify the causes, consequences and solutions to polarized societies around the world, including the United States. She coined the term “pernicious polarization” to refer to the political polarization that divides societies into mutually distrustful “Us vs. Them” camps, and undermines the capacity of democracies to address critical policy problems.
McCoy served as Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program (1998-2015), leading projects on democratic strengthening, mediation and dialogue, and hemispheric cooperation. She led over a dozen international election observation missions to Latin America. Dr. McCoy has authored or edited six books and dozens of articles. Her recent volumes include Polarizing Polities: A Global Threat to Democracy, co-edited with Murat Somer (2019) and International Mediation in Venezuela, with Francisco Diez (2012).
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied cultural anthropologist recognized internationally for fostering university and community engagement in sustainability and climate action. Since August 2015, she has served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is the Institute’s Quality Enhancement Plan - a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with community, nonprofit, business, and academic stakeholders.
Dr. Hirsch’s research and teaching interests focus on: 1) equity in the sustainable built environment; 2) grassroots sustainability innovation; and 3) sustainability in cross-cultural perspective. At Georgia Tech, she leads the equity petal work for the GT Living Building – the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design – and runs the SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program.
Dr. Hirsch is also a founding leader of RCE Greater Atlanta – a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development - officially acknowledged in 2017 by the United Nations University. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. She serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute hosted by DePaul University and on the Board of Directors of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).
Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Hirsch worked in Chicago as Associate Director of Study Abroad at Northwestern University; as Urban Anthropology Director at The Field Museum of Natural History; and as an independent consultant with clients such as the City of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, the U.S. Green Building Council, The Institute of Cultural Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Joliet Junior College. Dr. Hirsch received a Bachelor’s degree in American Culture from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
To help us purchase and deliver S.T.E.M. Kits for 100 students, please DONATE HERE.
United Nations Association of the United States of America, Atlanta Chapter, is launching our S.T.E.M (Science Technology Engineering Math) Educational KIT Fundraising Campaign: 100 S.T.E.M KITS TO CHANGE 100 LIVES CHALLENGE.
We need your help.
COVID-19 affected many aspects of our lives, but it should not affect a child's education. That is why the United Nations Association of Atlanta partnered with YGA TWIN Science Group (based in Istanbul, Turkey) for the 100 S.T.E.M KITS TO CHANGE 100 LIVES CHALLENGE. We will be providing 100 S.T.E.M kits to benefit selected students at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston, Georgia, USA, and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. The children have all faced adversities such as displacement, loss of family, loss of home, and violence. And yet the courageous children are doing their best in school, paving a path for themselves to a brighter future. During this pandemic, the children should not have to give up their love of learning too. We hope to provide S.T.E.M Kits to the children to continue their science education at home and we need YOUR help! Our teachers at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (Rwanda) and Indian Creek Elementary School (USA) are organizing the utilization of these S.T.E.M Kits with their students:
Mobilizing Science Education at Home
“The majority of students enter our unique school as refugees from more than 40 countries around the world, speaking more than 30 different languages and dialects, but with an incredible desire to learn! Math and Science often emerge as their FAVORITE subject areas as their English skills develop and learners are incredibly drawn to STEM offerings at our school such as robotics, coding, gardening, technology fair, and more! The TWIN STEM kits would serve as an amazing catalyst for their emergence as future scientists, engineers, and technology specialists!"Dr. Adam Nykamp, Instructional Support Specialist, Indian Creek Elementary School, Clarkston, GA, USA
"The TWIN STEM kits will be an invaluable addition to ASYV's science programming. It's tools like these, which make subject matters accessible and fun, that help our kids not only to learn but to develop a deeper passion and understanding that will benefit them long after they graduate from the Village."Jill Elias, Engagement and Operations Manager, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase and deliver 100 S.T.E.M. Kits we identified as a necessary educational resource for Indian Creek Elementary School and Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Your donation of any amount ($) will make an impact on the lives on the children living in underserved communities. With assistance from Young Guru Academy (YGA) and TWIN Science Group, the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education For Sustainable Development (RCE) of Greater Atlanta, and Women Igniting Change, we'll advocate for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education) and 10 (Reducing Inequalities) through this project. Please join us in this international effort to positively change 100 children's lives.
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Selen P. Beduk (PhD)
Vice President of Programs
Sustainable Development Goals Director
Join UNA-Atlanta as we celebrate the 74th anniversary of the United Nations. Attendees will learn how #climatechange is impacting various industries and what solutions are being implemented. There will be opportunities to join and support Sir David Attenborough's The People's Seat campaign,
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE YOUR SEAT?
Learn about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from various perspectives, including private companies, nonprofits, universities, and K-12 students.
John Lanier, Executive Director of Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Beril Toktay, Director of Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and Professor of Operations Management, Brady Family Chairholder and ADVANCE Professor in Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech
Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Chair and Professor, School of Modern Languages, Founding Co-Director, The Atlanta Global Studies Center at Georgia Tech
Peluchi Flores, Director of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Na’taki Osborne Jelks, Co-founder/Board Chairperson, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Venkatesh Kini, Co-founder & COO, Ubuntoo
Alyson Laura, Faculty Member, U.S. Green Building Council
Ande Noktes, Head of School, Midtown International School
Leonard Robinson, Co-founder, Sustainable Smyrna
Sandra Switzer, Director of Sustainability, The Lovett School
Shane Totten, Director of Education and Research, The Southface Institute
Thank you to our sponsors:
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
Atlanta Global Studies Center
In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
the 73rd Anniversary of the United Nations,
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF ATLANTA & EMORY UNIVERSITY PRESENT
HUMAN RIGHTS, CLOSE TO HOME: CELEBRATING ATLANTA'S HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Emory University's Goodrich C White Hall
301 Dowman Dr., Atlanta, GA 30307
at 6:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: FREE / $10 DONATION ASKED FOR THE ADOPT-A-FUTURE REFUGEE CAMPAIGN, BUT NOT REQUIRED
Attendees will hear from local social good businesses and advocates who are actively supporting one or more of the human rights articles and Sustainable Development Goals
Jae Nash has over a decade of experience in Radio and Promotions. Jae has served as a radio personality, television host, actress, reality star, and an entrepreneur known as the Media Maven. She is the creator and host of Girl Power Hour Radio syndicated on iHeart Radio, WMRO- Nashville and ClearOne Radio. Currently, Jae is the host of Sunday Conversations. A weekly community affairs program airing every Sunday at 9 AM on Atlanta’s Smooth Jazz 101.1 FM, WJZA. As a multi-media personality, she empowers young girls and women with her inspiring words, marketing abilities and her distinguished guests. Recently, she created the Girl Power Outreach program which aims to touch and inspire young girls around the world. As a girl advocate, Jae wants to extend her network and influence to make a difference in the lives of girls in disadvantaged communities, underdeveloped and developing countries. Girl Power Outreach strives not only to inspire and empower but also make a physical "right now" impact in the lives of these girls by hosting Self-Esteem & Life Skills courses for girls while supplying them with hygiene products, clothing, and school materials.
In 2016, she was selected to attend The United State of Women summit in Washington D.C.. With influencers and role models such as former First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, former President Barack Obama and more!
Jae is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Champions Club for G.I.R.L.S. and Off The Field Wives, which is the National Football Player Wives Association.
Jae’s passions are music and entertainment and she loves working in-front or behind the scenes in both.
Girl Power Hour Radio is a global lifestyle radio show designed to compel and empower women toward greater achievement in business, philanthropy and individuality.
Robbin Jorgensen is the Founder and CEO of Women Igniting Change®, a global, purpose driven organization that unleashes the contribution of women around the world. She is a highly successful businesswoman with 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, training and business development.
A sought-after speaker and women’s leadership strategist, she is the U.S. Ambassador to AVEGA Agahozo in Rwanda, Co-Chair for the Board of Advisors of the Center for Leadership & Service for the University at Albany and a contributor to Forbes and Thrive Global.
Women Igniting Change® works with global policy makers and government leaders in developing countries to create strategic, scalable solutions that improve the lives of women and girls in their communities. They also supportforward thinking organizations committed to fully leveraging the strategic potential of their women leaders. They’ve worked with women leaders in 14 countries on 6 continents and are trusted by leading brands including Microsoft, Bank of America, Deloitte, Publicis and Oracle.
Lauren Brockett grew up in Metro Atlanta and attended Emory University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Sociology. Driven to alleviate global poverty through workforce development, Lauren currently works at the Director of Employment Services for Friends of Refugees through the Refugee Career Hub, a non profit organization providing well-being, education and employment to refugee families in Clarkston, GA. The Refugee Career Hub program Lauren directs is responsible for coaching and advising refugees through their US job search. Lauren has personally placed over 3,000 refugees in decent, living wage jobs around Atlanta, building partnerships with warehousing, hotels and food processing facilities. Prior to Friends of Refugees, Lauren was a consultant for Habitat for Humanity International. Lauren is accredited by the DOJ as an immigration representative and is seeking certification to be designated as a Senior Professional in HR Management (SPHR).
Lauren also used the knowledge gained from attending social enterprise accelerator programs, including VilCAP: Start Up Clarkston and entrepreneur workshops to offer Cultural Competency, Diversity Training and Change Management consulting services.
Denise Smith is the Founder & CEO of Peace of Thread, Inc. She is a woman who loves the oppressed and brokenhearted with deep passion. She has traveled to more than 12 countries sharing with the poor. Her last adventure God took her and her husband to the Near East where they lived for almost 7 years. Her education and love for the nations started early in life where she left her small town in Ohio and traveled to Miami, Florida. There, she found her wonderful husband, Art, to who she has been married to for 41 years.
Denise has been mentoring young ladies for over 25 years and uses her education of psychology to aide her with her deep faith in Jesus. Her laughter is contagious as she enjoys her 7 beautiful grandchildren and 2 living children. They released their 16 year old son, Jesse, back to His Creator, Jesus, in 1997. He suffered from a rare childhood cancer. This sharpened and shaped Denise's heart for the oppressed suffering women & children in this world.
Denise lives every day in the light of her experiences where she uses her passion while giving a voice to women who would never have an opportunity to DREAM A LITTLE MORE with freedom from war and education for their children as well as themselves. Denise resides in Grayson, Georgia with her husband Art and her extended family in close view. Her travels now continue stateside to Clarkston, Georgia where new HOPE begins for REFUGEE women through PEACE OF THREAD.
Kitti Murray and her husband Bill (or Kiki and Chief to their growing tribe of adorable grandkids) live on the edge of Atlanta in a refugee community that has been called the most diverse square mile in the world. This has been the most intense and inviting neighborhood in their experience, and it has taught them to dream big and love even bigger. One expression of that love has been Refuge Coffee Co., a non-profit Kitti founded as a way to join hands with neighbors near and far to create opportunity and true refuge through coffee and community service.
Refuge has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Senator Bill Bradley’s radio show, American Voices, Food & Wine magazine, and NPR’s The Salt. Kitti has spoken about Refuge at Creative Mornings, the Q Commons, Leadercast Women, Google Atlanta, and at other venues where people come to hear stories about justice and mercy. Connect with Kitti and Refuge at www.refugecoffeeco.com or on social media @refugecoffeeco.
Ebony Brown is the Director of Volunteer Services at Cool Girls, Inc. Ebony is a non-profit professional with over 14 years of experience in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations supporting the education system through community and corporate volunteerism. Ebony has a passion for education and equality for girls and women.
Ebony has worked supported education in the Atlanta community through managing corporate and community groups of more than 150 individuals. That have completed task such as becoming reading buddies to elementary school students, community beautification projects, chaperoned field trips and assisted with facilitating life skills lessons to elementary, middle and high school aged students.
Prior to working for Cool Girls, Ebony has had experience working as a Domestic Violence Specialist at domestic violence shelter and safe house where she gained her passion for working with women and children. Ebony has also worked for 5 years for Atlanta Public Schools where she was responsible for developing partnerships with organizations with a goal of decreasing the number of students reading below grade level.
Ebony is a trained volunteer director and has earned a certificate of Nonprofit Volunteer Management. Ebony has earned her BS from Kent State University in Human Development and Family Studies. In her free time Ebony enjoys traveling, doing mission work and film and video production.
Wes Rogerson is an Officer for Global Health Advocacy at the UN Foundation responsible for grassroots and direct advocacy efforts supporting malaria prevention and immunization access. Working in tandem with UNF's Shot@Life and Nothing But Nets campaigns, Wes recruits, trains, and mobilizes grassroots champions across the nation - empowering them to advocate for bipartisan support on these issues.
Prior to this, Wes worked as a Senior Associate for the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA is a membership organization with a network of 180+ Chapters over 20,000 members dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.
Selected as a Malaysian representative in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Phoenix is excited to be in the US for the first time. She recently concluded her term as Secretary-General of United Nations Youth Nottingham University, having spearhead a platform for young people to meaningfully contribute to the global course of action in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Phoenix is establishing Youth Citizen Diplomats Malaysia; a grassroots, youth-powered organisation dedicated to amplifying the voices of Malaysia’s youth in nation building. She fervently champions people-to-people diplomacy as every one of us are citizen diplomats in achieving the sustainable world we envision!
Christine Auyeung is the Executive Director of The Surgery Center for Female Genital Mutilation. The Surgery Center for FGM is the first and only U.S. based non-profit multi-disciplinary Center whose practice is devoted solely to victims of Female Genital Mutilation. The Center specialize in reversal of FGM by reconstructing the genitalia surgically. The Center also offers psychological counseling and educational training for medical personnel.
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Special thanks to Emory University, RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network, United Nations Foundation, Women Igniting Change, Friends of Refugees, Girl Power Hour, Refuge Coffee Co., Cool Girls Inc., Peace of Thread, The Surgery Center for Female Genital Mutilation, Youth Citizen Diplomats Malaysia, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kappa Omega Chapter, iSpeakPR, The Thai Association of Georgia
Getting to the event:
If using MARTA, take BUS #6 (Clifton Rd., Little Five Points, Inman Park) at Lindbergh MARTA station to N. Decatur Rd. at Dowman Drive. BUS #6 also stops at Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station. You can also take BUS #36 (N.Decatur/VA Highlands) from Midtown MARTA station to N. Decatur Rd. NE at S. Oxford Rd. NE. BUS #36 also stops near Decatur MARTA station.
Oxford Road Parking Deck (1390 Oxford Road Atlanta, GA 30307): From North Decatur Road, turn right onto Dowman Drive and drive through the main University gate. Once you have entered, continue on Dowman Drive until you reach the roundabout. Enter the roundabout and take the third exit into the Oxford Road Building driveway.
To walk to Goodrich C. White Hall from Oxford Road Parking Deck, follow the signs in the parking deck to the elevator to reach the Office of Undergraduate Admission on the top floor of the building. Exit through the front doors of the building. Walk through the plaza and up the stairs to the left of the Boisfeuillet Jones Building. Cross Dowman Drive and White Hall will be to the left. It's about a 5 minute walk between Oxford Road Parking Deck and White Hall.
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The 24th of October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1945! People from around the world will be celebrating this 72nd anniversary of the UN's declaration and we invite you to celebrate with the United Nations Association of Atlanta!
WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017
LOCATION: THE UNITARIAN CONGREGATION OF ATLANTA
1911 CLIFF VALLEY WAY, NE, ATLANTA, GA 30329
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:DERRECK KAYONGO
CNN HERO & CEO to the CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS
REPRESENTATIVE ABLE MABLE THOMAS WILL BE IN
ATTENDANCE TO RECOGNIZE THE UNAA CHAPTER WITH A RESOLUTION
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER BY CLICKING HERE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derreck_Kayongo