Declare Your Candidacy
Now Accepting 2015 – 2016 National UNITY Council Area Representative Election Petitions
Each year, the UNITY Organization convenes for a National Conference in various cities throughout the country. At these conferences, a young man and a young woman from UNITY affiliated youth councils participate in business meetings where they elect 10 officers to the National UNITY Council (NUC), which make up the Executive Committee (EC). The 10 officers or area representatives on the NUC EC represent 10 regions. Also elected are two Co-Presidents, one male and one female. It’s that time of year again to consider running for the Executive Committee of the NUC. Individual members, those not affiliated with a youth council, can also run for an area representative position. Please refer to the current National UNITY Council Constitution and Bylaws for additional information about the election process.
If you’re interested in running for office for the National UNITY Council Executive Committee, please read the entire election packet and carefully read the information regarding the explanation, duties, and process for nominations for the Executive Committee in the Constitution and Bylaws of the NUC.
National UNITY Council Co-President and Regional Representative Petition Forms are now available ONLINE. Forms should be submitted 30 days prior to National Conference, which is June 9, 2015. Forms submitted during the conference should be submitted to Kayla Davis or Tami Patterson at the registration table by Saturday July 11, 2015. Eligibility will be confirmed before ballots are prepared. Confirmed candidates will have the opportunity to offer a speech to their constituents during the Area Caucus meetings on Sunday July 12, 2015.
In order to be on the ballot, candidates must attend the National UNITY Conference in Washington D.C. July 10 – July 14, 2015. Elections for the National UNITY Council Executive Committee will take place at the business meeting during the conference.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kayla Davis or Tami Patterson at the UNITY office or you may contact any of the current members of the Executive Committee. We wish you the best of luck with your petition.
Once elected, members of the NUC Executive Committee conduct monthly conference calls, participate in a retreat, attend the Midyear Conference and National UNITY Conference to further network with Native youth and to provide them with a collective national voice.
“Serving as the 2013-2014 NW Area Rep. and then the 2014-2015 Female Co-President, I found my most rewarding moments were when I was challenged to step out of my comfort zones constantly and using that to learn and grow.” Sarah Scott, Female Co-President
“Serving as an Area Representative has been an unbelievable opportunity. Not only do you gain an amazing family but you get to serve the youth all across Indian Country and bring their issues to a National spotlight. It is an incredible experience and one that I’ll treasure forever.” Julian Juan, Executive Committee, Western Area Representative