Rebecca Peterson

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 PETERSON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of the Ozarks l Arkansas, USA l Advancing SDG 2 and UNAI 1

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“As a co-manager of our campus garden, I realize that addressing food insecurity on campus is a tangible goal that has the ability to enhance our community on campus between both students and staff. Garden fresh fruits and vegetables should be available to an entire community. The opportunity to be a Millennium Fellow fills me with gratitude, and with the mentorship and guidance of the Fellowship, we as a university may gain new perspective on the importance of addressing food insecurity as a community.”

Millennium Fellowship Project

Student Initiative on Food Security (SIFS) is a campus-wide initiative that seeks to eradicate episodic food insecurity by introducing educational workshops and policy change discussions; establishing campus food resources, and creating a network of community volunteers to boost the local Food For Thought Garden in Clarksville, Arkansas. Throughout the Millennium Fellowship program, SIFS aims to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Host 5 food security workshops reaching a total of 400 students to help students access food assistance (impact will be tracked with pre/post surveys).

  2. Organize 10 campaigns to volunteer in the Food for Thought Garden with an expected total attendance of 300 students.

  3. Identify the number/type of food insecurity issues that students face with a campus-wide survey.

  4. Create 1 institutional agreement to improve food options for students in the campus food facilities.

  5. Open and Manage the first on-campus Food Bank for the Ozarks community.

  6. Reduce campus food waste by creating 1 food reclamation agreement to distribute edible food to students on and off campus.

About the Millennium Fellow

Rebecca Peterson is a rising junior at the University of the Ozarks. She majors in Environmental Studies, and minors in Sustainable Agriculture and Philosophy. Rebecca displays her leadership and work ethic as a manager at the Food For Thought Garden, helping to provide fresh food and education to students. She also plays soccer for the university’s women’s team.