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Planning Committee Application: Intergenerational Spring Seminar

The Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations is seeking passionate youth and adults to serve on the 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Planning Committee! Applications are no longer being accepted.

The success of the seminar depends upon the talent of volunteers like you who contribute their time, energy, and skills.

Registration fees are waived for all active Planning Committee Members.

Time Commitment and Tasks

The Spring Seminar Planning Committee is composed of 4 teams, each with a Leader who is responsible for keeping the team on track and coordinating with other teams. Planning Committee meetings start in September and continue through early April.

Teams each have a bi-weekly phone or video conference call and the full Planning Committee joins for a monthly video conference call to ensure transparent communication between the teams. The day and time of the call is determined by the committee. Committee members will need to accomplish tasks during the time between conference calls and report back on their progress during the monthly call. We use Google Drive to ensure everyone has access to all of our work and planning.

Application Requirements

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic committee members who can realistically dedicate the time commitment noted above.

An intergenerational Seminar means we need an intergenerational planning committee. Youth (age 14-18), young adults, adults, and elders are all encouraged to apply!

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. People with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Planning Committee Teams

Please review the following descriptions of each team. In the application below, make note of what you can contribute to the team(s) that interest you.

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 Team

Responsible for logistics coordination and planning the physical aspects to the Intergenerational Seminar to maximize clarity and accessibility. Work with UUA staff to execute logistical planning of the seminar including booking the venue and UN room, researching and confirming catering, procuring materials and supplies, etc. Consider how the transitions between sessions will work and how participants will get from one place to another.

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 evening activities. Plan worship services for the first and last mornings 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/where to arrive, how to get from place to place, affordable hotel and restaurant suggestions, and 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.

Planning Committee Applications are no longer being accepted.

Contact the UU Office at the UN with any further questions at unitednations@uua.org.

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