Details on UNICEF UM's 2022 - 2023 advocacy and service work will be posted here. This page is under construction but will ultimately detail our efforts on campus, in Ann Arbor, and beyond to advocate for the rights and well-being of children!
Ending child marriage in MIchigan
On October 6, 2022, our Student Representatives conducted an advocacy swarm to urge Ann Arbor politicians to ban child marriage in their state. Over 25 members called Senator Jeff Irwin (Michigan’s Senate District-18) and Representative Yousef Rahbi (Michigan District-53) urging them to cosponsor Senate Bills 1114 through 1123 and House Bills 4226 through 4229, respectively.
Room to read, vietnam
Watch a conversation between UNICEF UM Members Joey Do '25, MaryGrace Ortega '26, Paighton Gimotty '26, Sam Klos '23, and Ms. Chau Doan, Senior Officer at Room To Read Vietnam. RoomtoRead is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy and girls' education across Asia and Africa
Advocacy Deep Dive with UNICEF USA
On November 3, 2022, Selin Baytan, Joey Do, and Amanda Morello met with UNICEF USA policy associates, directors, and fellow student representatives for a virtual Advocacy Deep Dive.
Together, participants brainstormed strategies for community mobilization and advocacy campaigns, becoming more confident in their roles as representatives. Additionally, they learned more about legislation in the 117th U.S. Congress including the fiscal year 2023 appropriations for UNICEF, the Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R.4134 / S.2276), the Mental Health in International Development and Humanitarian Settings (MINDS) Act (H.R.3988/S.2105), bans to U.S. child marriage, and more.
UNICEF at the University of Michigan will continue to advocate for change and support UNICEF's vital mission. Thank you UNICEF Clubs, Anita Lederer, Paul Callejas, Alba Ibraj, and everyone else at UNICEF USA for including us!
If you’d also like to advocate for children's rights, text “UNICEF” to 52886!
Keeping girls in school act
On December 1st, our Advocacy Committee lead a phone swarm to call Michigan representatives to support the Keeping Girls in School Act (S.2276), currently in the Senate.
Let's End Child Marriage in Michigan
December 6, 2022 at 6:30 PM EST via ZOOM
UNICEF UM Student Representatives attend a webinar with UNICEF USA leaders and Michigan advocates to brainstorm advocacy strategies and plan advocacy strategies for current legislation packaged in the Michigan legislature.