Ashley Whitley

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 ASHLEY WHITLEY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 3

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“The Millennium Fellowship presents an excellent opportunity to advocate for social change within a community of leaders who seek to make a difference.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Educational Programs Development

My project consists of a curriculum and presentational materials that I am currently developing, which seek to combat education access barriers for youth between the ages of 13-18 in the United States, as well as some adults who qualify for specific literacy and GED training programs. These materials will be consolidated into a course that will then be administered and presented through a non profit organization that has agreed to partner with me, called Helping Hands. The curriculum and materials that I develop within this program will be used to advocate for pre-high school, pre-college, and pre- professional success, GED attainment as well as individual education access barriers, that may require more specified approaches such as tutoring.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ashley Whitley is a Junior at Cornell University studying English and Government. Ashley is a Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar, and an advising fellow for a non-profit organization called Matriculate, a student mentorship program that advocates for low-income high school student matriculation to top colleges. Her passion for education equity has led her to organize a pre-college informational workshop for middle and high school students, pursue literacy and English language teaching for new arrival refugees and work closely within the education department of a non-profit to develop their educational programs.

Yunyun Wang

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 YUNYUN WANG, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 3

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“In order to address and combat the overarching societal issues of our time, we as students should not wait until holding a profession with an explicit title giving us permission to act before taking on initiatives that can better serve our community. The sustainable development goals set by the UN portray a world I wish to live in, and I hope to contribute towards realizing them for future generations.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: State of the Pod: By the Students for the Students

State of the Pod is a student-driven podcast production that seeks to encourage discussions on the ethical implications of scientific and technological developments while promoting science literacy and engagement for high school students. Our team was founded on the idea that scientific developments have wide-ranging societal impact, and we must help foster scientific curiosity in our community.

We hope to provide students with the skills necessary to produce their own well-researched and original content through hosting 4-5 workshops on audio-editing, recording equipment use and interviewing skills. In addition, we plan to organize a podcast episode exhibit and public forum to conclude every season of the production (one per semester) in order to create a platform for student podcasters to engage with the local community and share their research and findings.

About the Millennium Fellow

Yunyun is a rising Junior at Cornell University studying information systems engineering and government. She is interested in issues involving how technology has re-shaped society and strongly believes in the importance of a comprehensive and equitable education for students from all backgrounds. In the future, Yunyun hopes to advocate for consumer digital rights and work towards better privacy protections for all citizens.

Connect with Yunyun via LinkedIn & Facebook.

Xiaoyu (Angela) Li

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 XIAOYU (ANGELA) LI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 12 and UNAI 9

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“I am very much looking forward to joining likeminded students and activists around the world in implementing our social impact projects, each doing our part in creating progress for a better tomorrow.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Youth Voices for a Sustainable Future

This project focuses on expanding human rights education and increasing awareness of responsible consumption and production among high school students by creating an essay contest related to SDG 12 and the mission of the Finger Lakes ReUse Centers to reduce our carbon footprints and provide affordable reused items. We hope to reach at least 1000 people by advertising via radio, online, and in participating high schools. We also want to impact around 50 high school students by inspiring them to research SDG12 and submit an essay for the contest.

About the Millennium Fellow

Xiaoyu (Angela) Li is a junior at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA. She is studying Government and Inequality Studies, and plans to attend law school before working in fields related to public service, civil rights, and human rights. On campus, she is very involved with Alternative Breaks, a social justice organization focused on service and teaching about systems of oppression. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and a staff News writer for The Cornell Daily Sun.

Connect with Angela via LinkedIn & Facebook.

Vineet Parikh

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 VINEET PARIKH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 9 and UNAI 2

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“For me, it's always a rewarding feeling to get better and improve skills through work. For me, it's always a rewarding feeling to love the work I do. But for me, I think the greatest reward of work is to ensure that the projects you do help the people around you in a measurable way: inspiring them, empowering them, or making their lives better.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: ImproveNYC

ImproveNYC is an attempt to flip the format of hackathons in order to enable them to create real, long-lasting improvements to individual communities. Rather than running a 36-hour physical competition that disincentivizes improving on real issues and building a collaborative community, we plan to create a long-term online competition that keeps participants engaged and connected with stakeholders and subject matter experts(SMEs) within NYC government, while also giving participants the time to truly research and flesh out useful long-term solutions. This year, I plan to continue building a solid platform for handling logistics and participant actions (team building, project submissions, etc.) and engaging in dialogue with NYC SMEs to identify the exact agencies which can benefit from this new approach.

About the Millennium Fellow

Vineet Parikh is a senior at Cornell University studying Computer Science. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Cornell Impact Investing, an impact consulting group, as well as a software/vision engineer within Cornell Mars Rover, and he has both participated in and organized hackathons and youth empowerment events throughout his high school and college career.

Connect with Vineet via LinkedIn.

Victor Rosas

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 VICTOR ROSAS, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 3

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“I hope that when I graduate a few years from now, the debate circuit will be sustainable. The Spanish Debate team at Cornell has seen the entry of Latinx students to collegiate debate. Through our non-profit, I would like to continue seeing this underrepresented group come into the debate community and become empowered.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Spanish Debate USA (SDUSA)

SDUSA hopes to start the first Spanish Debate circuit in the United States. SDUSA will foster the growth of Spanish Debate by connecting nearby Spanish debate teams, starting in the North East, to each other, and encouraging nearby debate society's to start their own debate team.

SDUSA goal in the next few months is to confirm our first sponsored debate tournament along with debate rounds online.

About the Millennium Fellow

Victor Rosas is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations. He is passionate in advocating for the survivors of sexual violence — aspiring to one day become a SVU Prosecutor. On campus, Victor is the President of the Spanish Debate Team and Treasurer of Consent Ed. In his free time, he enjoys walking his dog, zoning in and out of podcasts, and procrastinating.

Michael Pocress

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 MICHAEL POCRESS, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 11 and UNAI 9

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“I am interested in the Millennium Fellowship because I want to connect with students and professionals on my campus and around the world who are as passionate about leadership, public service, and social impact as I am.

Since coming to Cornell, I have met inspiring students and faculty who helped me develop my world view and have challenged me academically and professionally. Through my volunteer work and involvement with different groups on- and off-campus, I have developed a mission to bring about positive change. I believe the Millennium Fellowship can provide me with a good platform to do exactly that.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Food Waste Feedback

Michael's project is in collaboration with the World Economic Forum Ithaca Global Shapers Hub. The project aims to build several biodigesters which can be placed in the greater Ithaca area. A biodigester takes food waste, sits it inside a sealed container, and generates fertilizer. It is like a compost but an added bonus of methane is produced which we can capture and potentially monetize. Biodigesters can be placed in a public square or wherever food scraps are collected. Through his project, Michael hopes to advance the sustainability of cities and communities.

About the Millennium Fellow

Michael Pocress is an undergraduate student studying applied economics and management at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Micheal's academic interests include economics, law, and developmental studies. On campus, Michael is actively involved in the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and the Emerging Markets Institute - a think tank focused on the global economy, geopolitics, and economic development.

Connect with Michael via LinkedIn.

Kumar Nandanampati

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 KUMAR NANDANAMPATI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 10 and UNAI 7

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“I'm extremely excited about the Millennium Fellowship because I am a strong believer that change starts at our own doorstep. The path to global leadership begins by being a local leader, and I am excited to work alongside and learn from peers at my university to address the issues we observe around us."

Millennium Fellowship Project: South Asian Mentorship Program (SAMP)

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The South Asian Mentorship Program (SAMP) is a peer-run mentorship project created to support South Asian underclassmen students through an intensive 20-week series that focuses on cultivating underclassmen through personalized academic, professional, and social support. The program focuses on supporting South Asian or Desi students from marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds within our own community: this includes but is not limited to first generation, LGBTQIA+, Non-Hindu, and low income students. SAMP mentors and mentees attend weekly sessions catered towards developing professional and leadership skills, research South Asian activism, listen to and learn from South Asian professors, organize a campus-wide event to support national South Asian non-profit organizations, and more!

Measurable goals for the following year include expanding the program to serve 50 students, creating fundraising events to generate $3,000+ for South Asian non-profits, creating 2 campus-wide events of South Asian solidarity with other minority organizations, and increasing outreach to other universities.

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About the Millennium Fellow

Kumar Nandanampati is a rising senior at Cornell University studying South Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Data Science. As a son of Desi immigrants, he is deeply committed to fighting for equal opportunities for marginalized Desi communities around the world and mobilizing around the issues of social justice, coalition building, and Desi visibility. Kumar strives to accomplish his passions for social justice in both theory & praxis through his academic and extracurricular pursuits. Outside of these activities, you can find Kumar tending for his beehive, reading Sangam literature, debating about International politics, and/or sipping chai.

Connect with Kumar via LinkedIn & Facebook.

Eri Kato

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 ERI KATO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 7

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“I'm excited to be a Millenium Fellow this year to keep giving a voice for ideas worth spreading.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: TEDxCornell

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TEDxCornellUniversity is a non-profit organization that aims to bring a TEDx conference to Cornell's campus every year. We aim to give anyone, not only limited to students or alumni, a voice to share their ideas with the Cornell community. Follow TEDxCornell activities here.

About the Millennium Fellow

Eri Kato is a current senior from Tokyo, Japan, attending Cornell University majoring in Hotel Administration.

Andrew Rosenblatt

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 ANDREW ROSENBLATT, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 3 and UNAI 6

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“All people deserve good health. It is not a matter of those who have and have not, but a matter of human rights. We are working to provide that one patient at a time.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program

According to the World Health Organization, over 70% of all deaths on Earth are due to preventable chronic diseases. The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) works to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease through free and accessible screenings and educational events for the most medically-underserved in our community.

Between August through November of 2019, KDSAP will:

  • Organize two health screenings, having all patients' medically history, blood pressure, BMI, blood glucose, and urinalysis screened by our volunteers and reviewed by our nephrologists.

  • Organize a community 5K in support of kidney disease charities.

  • Organize a renal health symposium featuring local patients' and doctors' experiences.

  • Educational and fundraising initiatives to raise awareness and improve the quality and quantity of life for those most vulnerable in our communities.

About the Millennium Fellow

Andrew Rosenblatt will be a fourth year undergraduate at Cornell University where he studies biology and public policy. Andrew is the president of the University’s KDSAP chapter, vice-chairman of the Cornell University Student Assembly Health and Wellness Committee, voting member of the University Hearing and Review Boards and the Student Library Advising Council, and conducts basic scientific research on antibiotic resistance in cholera bacteria. Andrew has completed several public health and medical internships including at Weill Cornell Medicine and UCSF. He was a Millennium Fellow in the Class of 2018.

Connect with Andrew via Facebook & LinkedIn.

Pranjal Jain

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 PRANJAL JAIN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 5 and UNAI 7

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“Growing up, I rarely ever saw women who looked like me and came from a background like mine doing the kind of work I wanted to be doing. That lack of representation pushes me every day to be my most authentic self and unapologetically work to make the world a better place for all of us.“

Millennium Fellowship Project: Global Girlhood

Global Girlhood is an organization that is revolutionizing the way womxn interact with each other across the globe.

Often times, we tend to judge other womxn’s empowerment based on our own cultural, social, and geographical biases, and unknowingly social media has largely contributed to enforcing those biases. When scrolling through our feeds, we see limited content featuring different kinds of women and their inspiring stories. Global Girlhood aims to highlight common womxn and their incredible feats on and offline. We aim to inspire storytelling, foster intercultural dialogue, and build lasting connections.

Global Girlhood will live primarily on Instagram, so we hope to have at least 1000 followers, 1000 page visits per week, and at least 10 comments per weeks. We're aiming for at least 50 stories of empowerment and for Global Girlhood to be featured on at least 5 other publications. Lastly, we hope to touch at least 10 communities.

About the Millennium Fellow

Pranjal Jain is a social justice organizer, activist, and writer. At fifteen years old, she learned that she had spent the first seven years of her life undocumented and that shocking discovery pushed her to understand how her experiences and identities fit into the world around her. As a former undocumented immigrant, woman, and Indian-American, Pranjal’s personal experiences translated into her advocacy for immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, and self-empowerment. She first started organizing around bullying-prevention when she was 12 years old, holding workshops and serving as a peer educator. Since then, she has organized numerous social justice rallies and events, created curriculum centered around women’s issues, joined Brown Girl Magazine’s team as the youngest writer for their politics/social justice section, and serves as Associate Director of GenZ Girl Gang. She will be a freshman at Cornell University and continues to use her voice to create change.

Connect with Pranjal via Instagram