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As of today, March 7, 2020, the World Health Organization has reported that there have been over 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus world wide. https://new.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1058941


Just last week, the UN itself decided due to the current situation of the COVID-19 to cancel the Global Engagement Summit that would draw around 1500 young people and would take place starting Friday, March 27 at the UN Headquarters, New York, NY https://unausa.org/ges-announcement


The Global Engagement Summit (GES) is an annual five-day conference that brings together student delegates from around the world and equips them with tangible skills to develop and implement meaningful social ventures. The annual Summit provides these young entrepreneurs with professional mentorships, capacity-building workshops, influential speakers and tangible takeaway resources, as well as the opportunity to establish long-lasting connections with like-minded students and industry experts. https://www.linkedin.com/company/global-engagement-summit


However, to compensate, it has been announced that the GES will soon be launching the Global Engagement Online Series, a virtual alternative to the summit which will keep the global youth inspired, informed, and connected to the UN this year. More information will soon follow. Who knows, this may lead to a new format for the years to come.


Continue to check the shared UN link on our page to get updated news of the coronavirus. From my readings of the subject alone this past month, WHO is the go-to organization for trusted information on the COVID-19. Stay safe.



Last Thursday night, the UNA chapter of Centre County was honored by the attendance of circa 60 guests to enjoy Dr Grace Hampton’s audience-engaging sharing of her interest and collection of fabrics from West Africa. She even used our Vice-President, Shawn Arnold, to model how to wear a traditional hand-woven fabric as well as showing how to wrap a traditional headdress.

There was a nice spread of many kinds of cheese, savory and sweet side snacks, and beverages were appreciatively taken part of as we had little to pack up and take home!


We also welcomed 3 new board members.

Jennifer Blackburn Miller

Shumail Memon

Stephen Woods


Thank you, Dr Hampton and to those who came.


A round of applause to all the board members who arranged the event.





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