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 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.
Open Volunteer Positions for 2021 Intergenerational Seminar
The theme for the 2021 Seminar is "All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability." 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.
- Intergenerational Small Group Leaders: Periodically throughout the event, all participants will break out into Intergenerational Small Groups (these are formerly known as "Collaboration Groups") to reflect, process, and openly discuss the topics addressed and share how they affect them in their lives, their spirituality, and how they are called to respond. Intergenerational Small Group Leaders will facilitate these conversations. Applications for Intergenerational Small Group Leaders are due March 25, 2021.
Planning Committee Positions
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 Dean are closed.
- 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 Adult Chaplains are closed.
- 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 closed.
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 and the rest of the Planning Committee to execute logistical planning of the seminar including setting up virtual meeting spaces, researching and implementing technological adaptations, advising on scheduling and transitions between sessions, etc.
- 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.