Activism, Politics, Advocacy

Activism, Politics, Advocacy

  • (In)visible Women NYC
  • Amnesty International Club (AI or AIUNIS)
  • Asequible NYC
  • Funding Bright Futures
  • Girl Power
  • Girls in Tech (GIT)
  • Her Story
  • Leveling the Playing Field (LPF)
  • Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA)
  • Stuyvesant Cove Stewards (SCS)
  • The Serving, Teaching, and Assisting Refugees Project (The STAR Project)
  • Tut House Environment Club
  • Women in STEM (WiSTEM)

(In)visible Women NYC

Advisor:  Gina Voskov (gvoskov@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  (In)visible Women NYC's supports homeless women in the New York community by educating our peers, clearing stigma through the art of storytelling, and fundraising for mental health services and utilities at The Dwelling Place of NY women's transitional shelter. In New York City, thousands of women suffer from homelessness. From job discrimination to lack of affordable housing to child care, women in unstable living conditions face so many challenges. These issues make the everyday life of homeless women immensely difficult and we are committed to providing them with the necessities to help them adjust to shelter life and look to a brighter, safer, independent future. In addition, we strive to prevent readmission into the New York shelter system, as this is a cause for overcrowding among other issues. We host fundraisers including public storytelling events, bake sales, and raffles, as well as workshops, seminars, and conferences all the way from UNIS to the UN.

Amnesty International Club (AI or AIUNIS)

Advisor:  Valerie Watt (vwatt@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  To advocate, educate, encourage and take action against worldwide human rights violations by mobilizing UNIS students.

Asequible NYC

Advisor: TBD

Mission Statement:  To promote the well-being of underprivileged New Yorkers through means of community service.

Funding Bright Futures

Advisor: TBD

Mission Statement:  Funding Bright Futures is a nonprofit organization based in New York City working to raise funds for scholarships for underprivileged children around the globe

Girl Power

Advisor: Matthew Herman (mherman@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  Girl Power is a discussion-based club with a mission to unite the UNIS community through education and intersectional feminism. We provide a space to come together and discuss issues, both inside and outside of the UNIS community.

Girls in Tech (GIT)

Advisor:   Mariam Tamimi (mtamimi@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  The goal of this club is to help accelerate the growth of innovative women entering tech industries and to promote gender equality in STEM fields. Our partnership with the Girls Who Code Organization allows us to have resources, partnerships, and connections with other GIT clubs around the world. We will be hosting our annual Hackathon, coding classes for the Junior School, and learning more about gender equality in STEM!

Her Story

Advisor:  Amy Horowitz (ahorowitz@unis.org)

Mission Statement: ​​​​​​​ Our clubs mission is to educate our peers and spread awareness on the issues surrounding domestic abuse and sexual harassment (physical or psychological) against women and learn how to create a safe environment for women to not have to deal with these issues.

Leveling the Playing Field (LPF)

Advisor: Daniel O'Connor (doconnor@unis.org

Mission Statement:  Our club's goal is to raise money and donations of sports equipment for schools and athletic departments without the resources to participate in teams and games. We want to educate the students of UNIS on situations around the world as well as try to share our love for sports with others without resources. We would do this by raising funds and donating equipment to the non-profit organization called, Level the Playing Field.

Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA)

Advisor:  Dennis Lacey (dlacey@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  We are a group that provides a safe space for lgbtq+ students to talk about their experiences, share some empathy, connect to other students, or to educate and conduct discourse with allies.

Stuyvesant Cove Stewards (SCS)

Advisor:  Lonappan Chakkalakal Vareed (lchakkalakal@unis.org)

Mission Statement: The goal of this club is to use hands-on volunteering, fundraising, and student teamwork to incorporate green ideals and sustainability into our local community, specifically at Stuyvesant Cove Park, in partnership with The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association and the green energy organization, Solar One. We value giving back to our NYC community through education and park restoration and promoting sustainable practices and changes that we will be able to see for years to come.

The Serving, Teaching, and Assisting Refugees Project (The STAR Project)

Advisor:  Burcu Polatbora (bpolatbora@unis.org) and Mariam Tamimi (mtamimi@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  The mission of the STAR project is to create a direct connection between UNIS students and refugee youth with a view to provide conversational English, homework help, and other classes remotely. Members will also plan and execute community-building activities like book clubs and movie nights in English. These efforts will help refugee children improve their linguistic and other pertinent skills, and would be a way of integrating them into their new country and/or school (for local refugees). It also allows club members to gain real work experience volunteering with refugee youth. Members who don’t have the time/interest to teach will still get the opportunity to organize fundraisers and clothing/book drives for organizations we partner with.

Tut House Environment Club

Advisor: Michael Vetrano (mvetrano@unis.org) and  Elke Bergholz (ebergholz@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  To create awareness about global environmental challenges like climate change, pollution, extinction of species. But at the same time, our club builds on the idea that local action is really important: “Everything matters, Everyone can”.

Women in STEM (WiSTEM)

Advisor:  Aquil-li Ruiz Comellas (acomellas@unis.org)

Mission Statement:  The club's goal is to raise awareness for the gender gap in the STEM field and inspire younger students, specifically girls, to enter this field. Throughout the year, we'll do things like start a tutoring program, and host an annual Junior School expo where we invite scientists to talk to JS students about different fields of science.