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UIUConnects is the platform that powers the UIU digital ecosystem; blending the social, community, cultural and professional focus areas of the organization, in a dynamic environment. Fully developed in 2020 and officially launched in 2021, its objective is to provide a space where members are connected with job opportunities, business products and services, educational resources and most importantly - each other. The UIUConnects platform incorporates a variety of modules such as a Business and Member Directory, Job Boards, Classified Ads, E-Learning tool, Connects Channels (Interest Groups) with a chat feature, and many more. The UIUConnects team routinely organizes national events for members that are in line with the program’s objectives; such as the startup pitch competition in 2019, and the 2020 virtual convention speed dating event. You can find a complete list of the UIUConnects modules under the services menu.




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UIUConnects modules



business directory (members, public)

Grow your business. Provides access and public visibility for UIU member and non-member businesses. This module targets Black-owned businesses in the community. Our goal is to build the largest Black-owned and Afro-Caribbean diaspora business directories in the United States. As a UIU member, you have free access to create one business entry for the life of your active membership. Black business owners are free to advertise one business entry for all of 2021. A second business entry for UIU members and non-members (including renewing original non-member entry) comes at a cost/year starting in 2022.

member directory (members)

A quick way to connect with fellow members through a social and professional profile, similar to building your LinkedIn. Each member chooses what they would like to make visible; a short bio, contact details, social/professional connections through Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and more. Share a little bit about your interests and start getting to know each member better. Visibility at the National or Chapter level. This is where your UIUConnects journey should start - your member directory update!!
*Members have the ability to opt out of the directory, if desired or choose what info to display, for privacy reasons.

jobs board (members, public)

Searching for job opportunities or would like to advertise a job? Look no further than UIU’s jobs board. Members and non-members will have the ability to post jobs that will be visible only to members. As a UIU member, you have free access to create unlimited job postings and access all posted jobs for the life of your active membership. Non-members are free to advertise one job posting for all of 2021. A second job posting for non-members comes at a cost/post.


classified ads (members, public)

Want to advertise an event, sell a personal item, search or post a room for rent? Look no further than UIU’s classified advertisements. Members and non-members will have the ability to post classified ads that will be visible only to members. As a UIU member, you have free access to create unlimited classified ads and access all posted ads for the life of your active membership. Non-members are free to advertise one classified ad for all of 2021. A second job posting for non-members comes at a cost/post.

e-learning with UIUIgbo 101 (members, public)

In partnership with the UIUIgbo 101 program, the E-Learning module provides access to quality educational resources that uplift the Igbo culture. Two Igbo language courses are currently accessible. A member-only free basic starter on the Igbo alphabets, vowels and consonants, and basic Igbo greetings, in addition to a complete Igbo language course. The Complete Igbo Language Course (a $199 value on popular educational platform, Udemy), by bestselling Instructor Onyinye Ibelegbu, is priced exclusively at a promotional rate of $75 for members and $150 for non-members. Other perks include course transcripts, exercise answers and direct access to the Instructor and other students on the Igbo 101 course connects channel, to allow for a more immersive and engaging learning experience. Special arrangements can also be made with the Instructor for a one-on-one, personalized and curated plan.

connects channels (members)

Take digital conversations to the next level with channel-style group messaging that is spread across interest groups and committees. During member signup, you have the opportunity to opt into diverse interest groups such as professional groups - Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Tech; cultural groups - Igbo Language and Culture; social groups - Travel Save Repeat, Single and Maybe Searching; community groups - Giving Back (UIUCares) and much more. Committee channels are automatically generated for national committees and local Chapter committees that helps focus team management and event planning. Finally you are able to chat with all members nationally, and with your local Chapter general body. Its 2021, so lets customize our avatars and screen names, download the UIUConnects app (iOS and android), and kick off interesting, invigorating and maybe even controversial conversations with connects channels.

committees (members)

The Committees module can be leveraged as both a tool for strategic management of local Chapter and national committees and also providing visibility into the organizational structure and hierarchy of Umu Igbo Unite. Committee members can chat using their autogenerated connects channel. Non-committee members can email committees with any questions or inquiries.

forums and documents library (members)

Create discussion topics using the forums module and receive insight from a community of like-minded professionals across the entire organization. Chapter Boards, Committees and the General Body now have a global document repository to enable resources sharing in a quick, accessible and transparent manner.

volunteering and donations (members, public)

Volunteering and donations are now fully redefined. Volunteer opportunities are now made visible at a national and local scale, that allows us to better fulfil our civic duties. Hours tracking is an enabled feature in the event we would like to report volunteer hours to employers for certain matching benefits. Donations are also now made easier and specific fundraising goals or targets can be specified. Each Chapter is configured with its own general donations fund that connects directly to the Chapter's bank account. Custom donation funds can be created for Chapter-specific events and initiatives.

marketplace (members, public)

This feature is coming soon. We have an amazing culture and we would love to be able to express this with memorabilia, swag and gear that fully represents us and our people. Tees, hoodies, mugs, umbrellas, pens, notebooks; you name it! Stand out for your Chapter and the organization with curated feature-sets that will speak volumes. Be sure to look out for updates in upcoming newsletters.


Partner with the UIUConnects Team

If you have questions about future initiatives or are interested in partnering with the UIUConnects team please contact us at uiuconnects@umuigbounite.com. We are looking for opportunities to develop our members professionally.



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