Rebecca Heller

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT REBECCA HELLER, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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“I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it will allow me to connect with other students around the world who are passionate about creating a better future for those who will come after us.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

Each year, the Bentley University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center provides over 1,000 students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning for community benefit in a real-world context. This project would involve a programmatic analysis to determine which Sustainable Development Goals are currently being addressed through our programs. We would like each of our 34 programs to address and align with Sustainable Development Goal #17: Partnerships for The Goals. We feel that this goal encompasses all of our current programs and the work that they do with their respective community partners. We will expect that each program address at least one more Sustainable Development Goal(s) than was listed at the start of the semester, and we will evaluate our success against that expectation.

About the Millennium Fellow

Rebecca Heller is a senior at Bentley University studying Finance and Environmental Sustainability. She is on the Civic Initiatives committee and helps to run the SMART Girls program within the Bentley Service Learning and Civic Engagement Center.

Connect with Rebecca via LinkedIn, Facebook, & Instagram.

Nicolas OConnell

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT NICOLAS OCONNELL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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“I am so excited to be a part of the Class of 2019 to join in on international conversations and hear incredible global perspectives regarding serious social justice issues in our world. And, as we say at Bentley University, I am excited to ignite change around the world!”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

This project aims to lay the foundation for Bentley University—and, specifically, the Bentley University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center—to deepen its university-community relationships and advance justice in the Greater Waltham area by designing scalable, collaborative, impactful, and replicable projects that address the UN’s sustainable development goals. Some of our project's measurable goals are to develop an in-depth interactive asset map of the Greater Waltham community, align 30 of our community partner programs with the UN sustainable development goals, and collect pre/post feedback from our MCN campus team on how effectively this project is addressing its goals.

About the Millennium Fellow

Nic OConnell is a rising senior student at Bentley University majoring in human resources management and minoring in computer information systems. Nic is currently serving as a Student Director of Programmatic Development at Bentley University's Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, an organization connecting with over 30 community outreach programs in the Greater Waltham area. Passionate about youth empowerment and leadership development, Nic also works with his local community as a youth and high school football coach and is in the process of creating his own non-profit foundation for effective youth leadership development.

Connect with Nic via Instagram.

James Patrick Lunetta

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT JAMES PATRICK LUNETTA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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"I am excited to be a Millenium Fellow because it will give me the opportunity to join a cohort of motivated and engaged students looking to change the world for the better. In addition, with the support and resources the Fellowship provides, our reach can be even greater as a team."

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

Each year, the Bentley University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center (BSLCE) provides over 1,000 students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning for community benefit in a real-world context. The Center’s 34 separate programs are geared toward addressing issues relating to diversity, poverty, elderly, youth, and sustainability—these programs improve community access to resources and improve the community as a whole. This project would involve a programmatic analysis to determine which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are currently being addressed through our programs. After this initial analysis, our team would take the 4 months to identify opportunities for these programs to improve the way in which they address SDGs, both in terms of depth and breadth. With this realignment, our programs’ strong partnerships would equip the community to sustainably engage in practices that address these global issues.

About the Millennium Fellow

James Lunetta is currently a senior at Bentley University, majoring in Global Management with minors in Finance and Sociology. While at school, he is actively engaged as an Undergraduate Admissions Fellow and Ambassador, a sociology research assistant, and community engagement researcher. His goals are to encourage greater knowledge sharing across disciplines and enhanced use of sociological perspectives. Upon graduation, he will start his career at JP Morgan Chase & Co. as a financial analyst.

Connect with James via LinkedIn.

Daniella Jakobson

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT DANIELLA JAKOBSON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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“Being a Millennium Fellow is an incredible opportunity to not only tap into, but be part of an inspiring network of leaders, mentors, and resources for achieving my own goals and that of my community! I'm excited to get started!”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

Each year, the Bentley University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center (BSLCE) provides over 1,000 students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning for community benefit in a real-world context. The Center’s 34 separate programs are geared toward addressing issues relating to diversity, poverty, elderly, youth, and sustainability—these programs improve community access to resources and improve the community as a whole. Our team would take the 4 months to identify opportunities for these programs to improve the way in which they address SDGs, both in terms of depth and breadth. With this realignment, our programs’ strong partnerships would equip the community to sustainably engage in practices that address these global issues.

About the Millennium Fellow

Daniella Jakobson is a senior at Bentley University, where she studies Managerial Economics with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Law. Her internships and volunteer experiences extend across numerous industries including investment management, consulting, policy work and event design.

On campus, Daniella is President of the Bentley Consulting Group and is the lead Service Learning program manager at Opportunities for Inclusion, a center for adults with disabilities. She is also an enthusiastic photographer and traveler!

Connect with Daniella via LinkedIn.

Alyssa Kastner

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ALYSSA KASTNER, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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“I'm excited to get more involved in my school's service learning center and be able to see the impact of our programs. I am really looking forward to working with bright people to come up with creative ways to improve our center's programs.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

Each year, the Bentley University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center (BSLCE) provides over 1,000 students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning for community benefit in a real-world context. The Center’s 34 separate programs are geared toward addressing issues relating to diversity, poverty, elderly, youth, and sustainability—these programs improve community access to resources and improve the community as a whole. This project will involve a programmatic analysis to determine which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are currently being addressed through our programs. After this initial analysis, our team will take the 4 months to identify opportunities for these programs to improve the way in which they address SDGs, both in terms of depth and breadth. With this realignment, our programs’ strong partnerships would equip the community to sustainably engage in practices that address these global issues.

About the Millennium Fellow

Alyssa Kastner is a Senior at Bentley University majoring in Creative Industries with a minor in law. She is the Vice President of the Student Honors Council, the Student Director of Bentley's Writing Center, the Program Manager for French at Brookhaven at the Bentley Service Learning and Civic Engagement center and a Student Research Assistant. She is planning on going to law school after graduating from Bentley to pursue a legal career in civil and human rights.

Connect with Alyssa via LinkedIn.

Alexandra Banasiewicz

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ALEXANDRA BANASIEWICZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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“I'm excited to be a Millenium Fellow because it will give our organization the opportunity to take what we do even further- impacting more lives in better and more effective ways. Furthermore, I'm excited to hear stories from and work with other students from around the world who are also inspired to make real global change.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

Each year, the Bentley University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center (BSLCE) provides over 1,000 students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning for community benefit in a real-world context. The Center’s 34 separate programs are geared toward addressing issues relating to diversity, poverty, elderly, youth, and sustainability—these programs improve community access to resources and improve the community as a whole. This project would involve a programmatic analysis to determine which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are currently being addressed through our programs. After this initial analysis, our team would take the 4 months to identify opportunities for these programs to improve the way in which they address SDGs, both in terms of depth and breadth. With this realignment, our programs’ strong partnerships would equip the community to sustainably engage in practices that address these global issues.

About the Millennium Fellow

Lexi Banasiewicz is a senior at Bentley University majoring in marketing and minoring in law. She loves the arts and service learning and participates heavily in both at Bentley. In the arts, she enjoys acting on stage in plays and musicals, ceramics, and graphic design. In service learning, she is the lead program manager for her program, Gym Buddies, which tailors the elementary gym curriculum to the specific abilities of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Alexa Widschwenter

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ALEXA WIDSCHWENTER, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Bentley University l Massachusetts, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 4

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“Becoming a Millennium Fellow is such an honor and presents an opportunity for me to collaborate with my peers in Bentley Service Learning on a whole new level. I am always seeking enriching programs and projects to broaden my experience and make measurable impact. Through applying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, my team and I have the opportunity to create meaningful, lasting change in our community and beyond.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SDGs and Service-Learning: Ideas for the New Millennium

Over the course of the semester, our group will conduct a scan of the Greater Waltham community. This would involve asset mapping, recommending new on-campus and off-campus partnerships, and facilitating greater enterprise-wide and municipality-wide buy-in to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We hope to identify problems, opportunities, and resources in order to lay the groundwork for deep SDG-related impact in the semesters and years to come.

This semester, we aim to complete an asset mapping process that will result in the following:

  • At least 5 recommendations for new university/community partnerships.

  • A full report that includes at least three community resources, opportunities, and problems for each Sustainable Development Goal.

  • A list of barriers or threats to consider when moving forward with plans.

About the Millennium Fellow

Alexa Widschwenter is a senior at Bentley University, where she studies Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. She has been an active member of her school's service learning and civic engagement program and understands the importance of community partnerships in building a sustainable future. She is an aspiring project manager and interested in a professional career in the health & wellness industry where she can inspire others with her passion for living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Connect with Alexa via LinkedIn.