Volunteer at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar
Volunteer at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar

The success of the seminar depends upon the talent of volunteers who contribute their time, energy, and skills. The Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations is currently looking forward to the 2021 Spring Seminar taking place virtually April 9-11, 2021. 

The annual UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar is a landmark event that for 63 years has provided an opportunity for Unitarian Universalists from around the United States and Canada to connect, learn, and engage with international human rights issues at the United Nations. The program has a distinguished reputation for inspiring young global activists and renewed commitment to our UU 6th Principle: the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

The theme for the 2021 Seminar is climate justice with a focus on food security. We are continuing expanded programing to emphasize training and resources for participants to take action during and after the seminar, as well as connecting these human rights and global justice issues to our UU faith.

Open Volunteer Positions for 2021 Intergenerational Seminar

This Intergenerational Seminar will take a broad and intersectional view of working towards justice – we hope that our Planning Committee will reflect the diversity of identities that exist in our world. Candidates who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

  • Spring Seminar Deans: The Seminar Staff includes one Adult Dean (one-year position) and two Youth Deans (2-year position) who serve as leaders of youth programming during the seminar and key members of the Seminar Planning Committee. Typically, all fees for Deans, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU@UN. We are committed to equitably adapting this for a virtual setting. Applications for Youth Dean are still being accepted. 
  • Spring Seminar Chaplains: The Seminar Staff includes two Adult Chaplains and two Youth Chaplains. Their role is to provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience. Must receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar. Typically, all fees for Chaplains, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU@UN. We are committed to equitably adapting this for a virtual setting. Applications for Youth and Adult Chaplains are due August 20, 2020. 
  • Spring Seminar Planning Committee: (Position open to youth or adults!) In the months leading up to the Spring Seminar, our Planning Committee convenes via video conference call in teams to determine and coordinate the events of the Spring Seminar. Registration fees covered by UU@UN. Applications for the 2021 Planning Committee are due August 20, 2020.
    The Planning Committee consists of the following teams: 
    • Trajectory of Learning Team: Responsible for the trajectory of learning during the Intergenerational Spring Seminar, including organizing and coordinating the main content of the Spring Seminar, such as workshops, panel discussions, keynote speakers, small group discussion time, and other performances/presentations. All programs should be engaging and as much as possible, should be interactive, multisensory experiences; the team should aim to minimize the time when participants are just sitting-and-listening. The Trajectory of Learning Team should consider how to ensure that these sessions flow smoothly from one to another and that the overall Seminar objectives are achieved.
    • Logistics & Accessibility: Responsible for logistics coordination of the Intergenerational Seminar to maximize clarity and accessibility. Work with UUA staff to execute logistical planning of the seminar including setting up virtual meeting spaces, researching and implementing technological adaptations, procuring materials and supplies, etc. Consider how the transitions between sessions will work.
    • Spiritual Grounding Team: Work to ensure that participants remain spiritually grounded and don't burn out over the course of the 3 action-packed days. Collaborate with other planning team members to incorporate spiritual elements throughout the Spring Seminar, including in workshops, collaboration group time, and other activities. Plan worship services for the first and last days of the seminar. This team will include but is not limited to two Youth Chaplains and two Adult Chaplains (separate applications required).
    • Communications & Publicity Team: Publicize the Seminar to promote registration and coordinate communications with registered participants to ensure that they are prepared to attend. This will include creating and promoting the program book and event app, required pre-seminar assignments relating to the theme, as well as sharing logistical details with attendees such as when/how to participate, how to access all the programs, etc. This outreach will be done via social media, blog posts, email blasts, letters of invitation, and updating webpages. During the event, the Team will help participants to connect with each other and with the wider Seminar community.

Meet the 2020 Planning Committee

Deans

Headshot photo of Taz Trefzger smiling and wearing headphones

Taz Trefzger

Taz Trefzger is super excited to be the senior youth dean for this year's spring seminar! Taz uses they/them pronouns and is from Kingston, Ontario. 

Photo of Sophia Geiger in front of the U.S. Capitol building holding a sign that reads "What's your plan?" with a drawing of planet Earth

Sophia Geiger

Sophia Geiger is the junior youth dean for this year's Seminar.

Headshot photo of Rev. Stevie K. Carmody smiling and wearing a bike helmet

Rev. Stevie K Carmody

Stevie Carmody (he/him) is the adult dean for this year's Spring Seminar, meaning he supports the youth deans and promotes youth empowerment. Stevie works in young adult ministry for the UUA and is especially interested in how Spring Seminar can be welcoming to young adults. In his free time, Stevie loves singing, running, and cooking, and he lives in Queens, New York.

Chaplains

Zale Piepho

Zale Piepho is a youth chaplain at the 2020 Intergenerational Seminar.

Headshot photo of Maggie Young smiling

Maggie Young

Maggie Young is a youth chaplain for the 2020 Spring Seminar. Her home congregation is located in Rockland County, New York. This is her second year on the Planning Committee, and she is very excited to be a part of this year’s wonderful team. She is looking forward to the Seminar and hopes to see you there!

Headshot photo of Tim Murphy smiling

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is an adult chaplain for the 2020 Spring Seminar. Tim Murphy is a youth advisor at the UU Church of Indianapolis. He is one of the adult advisors for the Heartland Area Youth Council and has served on the staff of Youth MidWest Leadership School for several years. He loves to work with youth and promotes youth empowerment every chance he gets. He's been to tons of cons and trainings as both staff and attendee, and has been on staff at both CanUUdle and GA Youth Caucus. He works as a cataloger at a public library, serves as the merchandise coordinator for Naptown Roller Derby and in his spare time watches lots of movies and rides as many roller coasters as he can find!

Planning Committee Teams

Communications & Community-Building Team

  • Gina Damasco (Team Lead)
  • Sydney Boyer
  • Ben Burtt
  • Yalaisa Douglas
  • Allison Hess
  • Torin Lackmann
  • Lindsey Mayer

Physical Reality & Logistics Team

  • Ben Burtt (Team Lead)
  • Sydney Boyer
  • Gina Damasco
  • Yalaisa Douglas
  • Rob Kipp
  • Satya Tabachnick
  • TingXuan Su

Spiritual Grounding Team

  • Satya Tabachnick (Team Lead)
  • Chaplains

Trajectory of Learning Team

  • Karoline Moore (Team Lead)
  • Torin Lackmann
  • Bruce Knotts
  • Lindsey Mayer
  • TingXuan Su
  • Deans

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.

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