ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
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.
“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)
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.
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.