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United Nations Association of the USA

Please join us on

October 30, 2016

3:30pm to 6:00pm

(check in beginning at 3pm; scroll down to see detailed schedule!)

Erickson Hall Kiva

620 Farm Lane, Michigan State University

FREE parking in front of the building!

for our annual 



Early Bird Pricing if you register before October 26th!



$10--students & limited income

Here's what's in store for the celebration:

Check in starting at 3pm

(see detailed schedule below!)

Keynote speaker Professor Susan Waltz, a scholar and practitioner in international human relations from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan will address "The UN at 71: Its Challenges & Opportunities." Read about Dr. Waltz here.

We'll also be joined by Rachel Pittman, Senior Director of Membership & Programs at UNA-USA who will speak about "One Humanity, Shared Responsibility: Addressing the Refugee Crisis." Ms. Pittman will also help us announce Adopt A Future, an exciting, ambitious, & worthwhile new initiative you will want to know about.

In addition to our excellent speakers you will enjoy:

  • Delicious hors d'oeuvres
  • Informational displays
  • The announcement of the winners (teachers & student) of the Global Education Award 
  • An opportunity to network with others in our community who are committed to creating a better world for all by supporting the essential work of the United Nations.

The UN Day Celebration is sponsored by Greater Lansing UNA and its partners:

International Studies & Programs, Michigan State University

 LATTICE (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education).

Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University

African Studies Center, Michigan State University

Program Details


3:30 p.m. Registration, hors d’oeuvre dinner, conversation

Music provided by Waverly High School String Quartet

Becca Spurbeck-Cello Khalmiah Nelson-Viola

Kaitlyn Tyson-1st Violin Tamary Harris-2nd violin

4:00 p.m. Playing for Change – Song Around the World “One Love”

4:10 p.m. Welcome - Lynn Bartley, President, GL-UNA

4:15 p.m. Nuraina Zakri and Marissa Manshah

“Assalamualaikum World”

4:25 p.m. Dr. Nancy Lubeski, Vice President Global Education,

GL-UNA, presents the Global Education Awards

Student Award -Shreya Srivastava, Haslett High School

Teacher Awards - Heidi Irvine, Holt High School

- Robert Lurie, Waverly High School

4:35 p.m. Dr. Joe Hess, Past President, GL- UNA, presents the

Global Citizen UNA Leadership in Michigan Award

- Dr. Lyndon Babcock, President MI Division UNA

4:40 p.m. Dr. David Wiley, Vice President Advocacy, GL-UNA

Introduction of Professor Susan Waltz

4:45 p.m. Professor Susan Waltz , School of Public Policy at the

University of Michigan

“The UN at 71: Its Challenges and Opportunities”

5:15 p.m. Rachel Pittman, Senior Director of Membership and Programs UNA-USA

“One Humanity, Shared Responsibility: Addressing the Refugee Crisis”

5:40 p.m. Launch of GL-UNA “Adopt-a-future” Initiative

Noor Ali, MSU sophomore, Master Card Scholar from

Somalia, grew up in Hagadera refugee camp in Kenya.

David Wiley and Lynn Bartley

Opportunity for Adopt-a-Future Action and Involvement/Closing

5:55p.m. Playing for Change-Song Around the World“Chanda Mama”

"More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that is why we have the United Nations.”

Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations

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