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America's best museums

By Bob Cooper

There are many reasons to visit New York City, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. But regardless of the reason that brings you to one of these great American cities, here's another one you should consider: Each one has a great museum.

Best new museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C. this past September and instantly became America's largest museum devoted to African-American themes. Located on the National Mall, this newly opened museum features 10 floors — five below ground and five above ground — of African-American stories, from early slaves to Barack Obama's presidency, Black Lives Matter and African-American legends of music and sports. Afterward, you can visit other museums on the mall like the Smithsonian museums — America's finest collection of museums, all free of charge.

Best natural history museum

Brachiosaurus skeleton replica outside the Field Museum

Chicago's Field Museum is a Neoclassical-inspired beauty, but the extensive collection of artifacts and curiosities inside are even more beautiful to visitors who adore the natural world. Permanent exhibits include a dinosaur hall (starring the largest T. Rex ever found), mammal dioramas, dozens of ancient Egyptian mummies, a DNA Discovery Center, the Hall of Gems, a 3D movie theater and a fossil prep lab where you can watch paleontologists at work. The museum is located on Chicago's lakefront — Lake Michigan — which allows you to enjoy a lakefront walk before or after your visit.

Best art museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is so well established as America's finest art museum that it's commonly referred to by its nickname — The Met. America's largest art museum also has the most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts from every era of civilization and every part of the world. Egyptian flints from before 75,000 B.C. are displayed as well as paintings by Picasso and Pollock. Housed in a regal Beaux-Arts building, the museum is right across from Central Park, creating the perfect opportunity to spend half the day admiring the art of humanity and the other half admiring the beauty of America's liveliest urban park.

Best children's museum

the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco

The Exploratorium in San Francisco has pioneered hands-on learning since it opened in 1969. Generations of kids arrived by the busload to its original location inside the city's Palace of Fine Arts. Its relocation and expansion in 2013 to Pier 15 on the San Francisco waterfront has upped its game, offering even more to kids and adults as the principles of science and human perception are demonstrated and explained in a fun and tangible way. The new location also lets you stroll a few piers down to Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf to dine and enjoy the bay.

Best space museum

More international visitors come to Houston, commonly referred to as “Space City," to visit Space Center Houston than any other attraction. The 250,000-square-foot museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, doubles as the visitor center for the NASA Johnson Space Center — earning it more props than any other U.S. space museum. The nearly one million people who visit each year — drawn by the city's tribute to manned space travel — get the chance to see hundreds of artifacts, including the world's largest collection of moon rocks. Visitors can also go behind the scenes at the NASA Johnson Space Center to experience a taste of astronaut training and the operations of NASA Mission Control and International Space Station Mission Control.

If you go

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Celebrating immigration perspectives and diverse journeys

By The Hub team, September 25, 2020

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a chance to pay tribute to the history, culture and contributions that generations of Latinxs have paved to enrich U.S. history. It is also a reminder to celebrate our differences and spark difficult, yet important, conversations.

To kick off the month, UNITE, our multicultural business resource group for employees, did just that by hosting a panel discussion about the immigrant experience and what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

United Litigation and Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, who is a pro bono immigration attorney, moderated the panel, and was joined by Ashley Huebner, Associate Director of Legal Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Magdalena Gonzalez, Program Manager, Leadership Development Programs at Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. The three women shared their insights and personal stories, while addressing some misconceptions and highlighting the contributions of immigrants to our company and country.

Participants' headshots from United's Hispanic Heritage Month Panel From left to right, Elizabeth Lopez, Ashely Huebner and Magdalena Gonzalez

"I started to notice that there were things I was scared of doing, that I needed to be cautious," said Magdalena while sharing her personal experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. "My friends, who a majority of them are citizens, did not need to worry about that. As I was able to see that, I realized that, 'oh, there's so many things that revolve around not just being a DACA recipient but revolve around being a person with an undocumented status here in the United States.'"

United maintains a close relationship with the NIJC. In May of 2019, United co-hosted an asylum clinic put on by the legal services organization, where several attorneys and legal professionals were trained on representing asylum-seeking applicants. At the end of the clinic, members of our legal department were assigned an asylum case through the NIJC.

Litigation Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, Commercial Transactions Counsel Tiffany Jaspers, Global Compliance and Ethics Counsel Nancy Jacobson and Employment Litigation Senior Manager Dorothy Karpierz were partnered with attorneys from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery to take on an immigration case of a mother of three from Honduras. Recently, after a years-long court battle, the legal team was victorious, changing the life of the woman and her family.

United is committed to connecting people and uniting the world. Whether you're an immigrant, a child of immigrants or simply want to learn more about the immigrant experience in the U.S., discussions like these, related to this hot-button issue, are important to have in order to understand the human lives behind it.

Make your voice heard

By Brett J. Hart, September 22, 2020

Your voice matters. Voting is one of the most influential civic activities we can engage in as Americans. At United, our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. That's why we've long provided our employees with resources to help them get registered to vote.

This year, we're taking our support a step further as the official airline of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Since the start of the pandemic, we've overhauled our cleaning measures through a program we call United CleanPlusSM , and the CPD has placed their trust in United to fly Commission production staff to each of the four debates, starting with the first one on September 29, hosted by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we also want to make sure our customers have access to information about how to participate in the 2020 Election. Over the past several months, you've heard a lot from us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed air travel. We've learned that with some planning and extra effort, it's still possible — and safe. That's true of voting, too.

No matter which party you support or how you're planning to vote, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and make a plan to vote.

Best,

Brett J. Hart
President
United Airlines

United named to Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame

By The Hub team, September 17, 2020

Since its launch 20 years ago, Year Up, one of our critical needs grant recipients, has helped more than 10,000 young adults gain access to corporate business and technical experience at large companies like United while offering the invaluable perspectives they bring with them.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit inducted United into its Opportunity Hall of Fame – a selection that occurs once every five years.

Year Up's mission is to help close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Since 2018, our partnership has allowed talented student learners the opportunity to gain corporate business experience and technical skill training at the airline while bringing their unique perspectives to our United family and culture. One of those students is Emily Lopez, who graduated from the Year Up program in January 2019 and was hired to be part of the United family as an analyst in Revenue Management.

"I moved from Venezuela to the United States in July 2016 and being a young immigrant with no resources can be difficult to pursue a career in a new country," said Emily.

After learning about Year Up and ultimately being accepted into the program, Emily landed an internship with United, an opportunity she is very grateful for.

Emily Lopez - Analyst, Pricing & Revenue Management

"Feedback from my mentors, coaches and managers was key during my internship phase and helped me convert my internship at United to a full-time position. I am grateful for the opportunity United has provided me and my Year Up Alumni colleagues to keep building a professional career within the company. I am so excited to continue building a professional career with the company and to see United being inducted to Year Up's Hall of Fame. Let's continue closing the opportunity divide!" said Emily.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has made this year's partnership a bit more difficult, we continue to do our part to support the Year Up student learners. Last month, we surprised 145 graduates of this year's Year Up Chicago program with roundtrip tickets to pursue career and networking opportunities within the United States.

"I've been personally honored and inspired to be an advocate for Year Up since I joined United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "This program gives young people from challenged backgrounds an opportunity to get their foot in the door as interns at United. This year's graduates are entering a challenging job landscape, but we have one thing that can help: a route network that provides easy access to major business markets across the United States."

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