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 am so excited to have a community of students to work and share with at my university and world-wide through the Millennium Fellowship!
My project is important to me because it gives voice to a group of people who have had a difficult time being heard. It is research that has not been done previously in either region. It will give great insight to both industries about how they can improve the sustainability of their systems to be more inclusive and accountable. I am so excited to create something for such a real and relevant cause.”
Millennium Fellowship Project: A Comparative Sustainable Analysis of the Urban Tourism in Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina have become more developed. The developments have increased tourism. Some organizations in Asheville and Greenville advocate for an expansion of their urban tourism, others advocate to keep their economies and consumption local. Local media has expressed resident perspective has been overlooked. Without resident buy-in, tourism is not sustainable.
My research will feature urban tourism in a new light that raises questions; who participates, benefits, and suffers in the new social and the biophysical environment? I hope to determine how an increased level of tourism has affected the residents in both areas.
I am examining the tourism industry in each region, and the opinions and attitudes of the locals. I have used media analysis, participant observation, interviews, and surveys to collect data. I am reading organizational documents, strategic plans, and funding outlines to conclude what each tourism industry values and how it assesses itself.
About the Millennium Fellow
Samantha Bernacki is a senior at Furman University studying Sustainability Science. She cares deeply about sustainability and advocating for groups in need of a voice. On campus she is involved with EcoReps, UCapture, Bartram Society, the Furman Farm, and the Climate Action Group. After graduation she plans to continue her education with a Community Development Masters Degree.