Sima Parekh

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 SIMA PAREKH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 10 and UNAI 7

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“‘Social impact’ is considered by many to be a bonus interest, an extracurricular of sorts. For me, social impact is the center of all my future academic endeavors and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to join a community of like-minded individuals that prioritize social impact in all aspects of their life. This passion is at the center of my core and will never be on the back-burner of my career palette.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Gender Balance Consulting

GBC aims to put an end to gender inequality in the workplace. The GBC team works to increase companies’ commitment to gender equality by educating management regarding the benefits of women in leadership positions and encouraging new policies to promote workplace equality. Our student leaders guide organizations as they integrate women into new roles and implement equal pay and women leadership programs. GBC also hopes to bring change by offering specific solutions for student organizations and administrators on achieving gender balance. Student leaders collaborate with local businesses to improve gender-related policies and practices in order to achieve equality thereby increasing productivity and success.

On campus, GBC organizes campus events to educate students on the benefits of gender equality in a professional setting. These will include ways to target structural issues such as recruitment, promotion, and retention of female employees.

About the Millennium Fellow

Sima Parekh is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Social Impact at the Wharton School of Business with a dual major in Global Health Policy in the College of Arts & Sciences. Sima is particularly interested in the role of global healthcare policy as it eradicates global epidemics, encourages gender equality, and promotes equal access to healthcare. Sima currently serves as the VP of Projects for Gender Balance Consulting and a Senior Consultant for Penn International Impact Consulting. In her free time, Sima loves to travel, bake, watch comedies, and just relax with family and friends!

Connect with Sima via Facebook, Penn Disc, & Instagram.

Robin Hu

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 ROBIN HU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 10 and UNAI 7

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“Despite coming from a variety of backgrounds and interests, Millennium Fellows share one grounding quality: all driven by the same passion for social impact whether that be through environmental policy, human rights discourse, or political activism. I am thrilled to be a Millennium Fellow for the unique opportunity to convene with my peers and other student leaders, challenging each other and oneself to do more. Leveraging our unique differences and insights, I look forward to collectively implementing tangible, meaningful, and sustainable solutions in the community.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Invisible Illness and Disability Initiative

The Invisible Illness and Disability Initiative (IIDI) strives to foster healthy conversation and discussion to increase awareness and knowledge of invisible illnesses, disabilities and the illness experience in a larger stigmatized social construct. This work addresses SDG 10: reducing inequality within and among populations through empowerment and promotion of inclusion of all and UNAI #7: intercultural dialogue. Measurable goals: organize and host 2 events aimed towards current Penn students, speaker event style and workshop conference style; raise $1000 in support of major invisible illness/disability organizations and foundations.

About the Millennium Fellow

Robin is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. She is planning on majoring in biophysics and communications with minors in healthcare management and chemistry. Outside of her project, Robin is currently an intern with the healthcare startup Synovium, an editor for a health publication group on campus, and writer for two policy groups. In her free time, Robin enjoys learning different coffee brewing techniques.

Connect with Robin via Linkedin, Facebook, & Instagram.

Maggie Zhang

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 MAGGIE ZHANG, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 13 and UNAI 9

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“As an engineering student, it's hard to get outside of the comfort zone of studying and going to class without seeing the broader implications of technological innovation, social inequality, and climate change. I applied to be a Millennium Fellow because I knew this mindset would change, and my eyes would be opened to the impact I can make on the world around me. I look forward to surrounding myself with changemakers and peacemakers who, like me, are just ordinary students trying to pay attention to and care for the world around them.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Climate Art Exchange

The Climate Art Exchange is a series of artistic and technological explorations into a specific phenomenon related to climate change taking the form of public art exhibitions. Each project is rooted in a distinct locale around Philadelphia and its effects on geography, economics, security, and/or social stability. Each exhibited work seeks to conflate the bounds of science, art, data visualization and engineering in order to provide fresh insight, expression and understanding around specific issues of climate change.

While The Climate Art Exchange is still in its infancy, some measurable goals are to recruit at least 4 2-student teams to get involved, partner with professors and organizations on campus for oversight, and obtain permission to display artworks across campus and in the surrounding Philadelphia neighborhoods.

About the Millennium Fellow

Maggie Zhang is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Electrical Engineering and Fine Arts. Her attitude of lifelong learning, interest in technology and the way things work, and empathy for the people and environment around her push her towards making technology more fair, equitable, and sustainable. She hopes that The Climate Art Exchange will inspire more people to think critically about the choices they make on a daily basis and incite new responses to climate action.

Connect with Maggie via this Website, Linkedin. Facebook, & Instagram.

Hoyt Gong

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 HOYT GONG, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 3 and UNAI 2

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“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is something that we can only do together as a community, and I am so excited to meet people who are working towards doing so. Meeting individuals who share a passion for advancement will broaden my understanding of this world and add depth to the project I am working on.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Healthy Neighborhoods Model

The normalization of population health data as binary has prevented researchers from gaining core insights into optimal health interventions. Rather, population health statistics measuring continuous distributions provide greater modeling efficacy and capture stronger trends in data. By approaching existing health datasets with contextual longitudinal background, we are able to potentially capture the “story” of population health issues, social determinants of health, and the progression of disease caused by novel key indicators. This project aims to identify points of intervention for high-risk populations by trying to discover better population health predictors.

About the Millennium Fellow

Hoyt is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania’s Vagelos Dual-Degree Program in Life Sciences and Management studying Healthcare Management & Statistics in the Wharton School and Computational Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. With an NGO health-focused background previously serving as a community nurse in Los Angeles and more recently with the American Red Cross National Youth Council, Hoyt is interested in promoting healthcare innovation from a sustainability perspective. He hopes to bridge technologies and quantitative analysis to public health issues while remaining engaged with the local West Philadelphia community.

Connect with Hoyt via this Website & Linkedin.

Grace Lee

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 GRACE LEE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 10 and UNAI 6

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“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is something that we can only do together as a community, and I am so excited to meet people who are working towards doing so. Meeting individuals who share a passion for advancement will broaden my understanding of this world and add depth to the project I am working on.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: SOAR (Skating Opportunities for Adolescents, Rising)

SOAR (Skating Opportunities for Adolescents, Rising) is a program giving youth in the wider Philadelphia community an opportunity to learn how to figure skate and the importance of health and wellness. Through hosting on-ice sessions, off-ice conditioning, and workshops about health and wellness, it will give youth a chance to improve their health, confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills by setting goals and planning for their future.

About the Millennium Fellow

Grace is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She founded SOAR with the hope of bringing the joy that figure skating has brought her to others' lives. She is passionate about equitable health care access, development finance, and enjoys reading and exercising in her free time.

Connect with Grace via LinkedIn.

Avni Limdi

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 AVNI LIMDI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 12 and UNAI 9

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“I'm excited to be a Millennium Fellow because of the urgent need for sustainability on a large scale and the failure of current methodologies to influence enough people to make lifestyle changes. Pursuing these efforts as a Fellow would accelerate the dissemination of information and also increase the impact of my initiative.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Eco-nomical Living

As we increasingly find ourselves in a world where perfection in consumption habits (think vegan and no-waste lifestyles), Eco-nomical Living is a project aimed to educate individuals on the many small, affordable changes in consumption habits that can create a large impact. The educational campaign is a compilation of research on day-to-day consumer products and includes an evaluation of the available alternatives. The project would serve to guide and assist individuals in choosing the best alternative for their lifestyle and socioeconomic status.

The projected outcomes of our project by November 2020 includes a launch of the website with content regarding how to achieve an Eco-nomical Lifestyle. Another focus will be on fundraising efforts to pursue a venue to hold a seminar and overall introductory event for both the project and website.

About the Millennium Fellow

Avni Limdi is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Systems Science & Engineering with a minor in Sustainability & Environmental Management. On campus she embraces her passion for social impact as an Eco-Rep at the Penn Sustainability Office, a Senior Consultant at a NGO pro-bono consulting club, and a Lead Project Manager at an American small business consulting club. She hopes that this project will create a positive, lasting impact and hopes to pursue a career in sustainability after graduation.

Connect with Avni via Instagram.

Zeynep Karadeniz

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 ZEYNEP KARADENIZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 3

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“I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because I know it will help me foster social and economic recovery in the Middle East.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Creative Conduct

Creative Conduct was founded with the vision of providing young refugees living in Turkey access to study literature. This semester the program aims to launch in two schools on the Turkish-Syrian border and hopefully provide literature classes to 30 students.

About the Millennium Fellow

Zeynep Karadeniz is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. She is a member of TedxPenn, which runs the annual TEDx Conference in Philadelphia with 1000 audience members and works for PennCASE, a club responsible for informing individuals in the Philadelphia area of consumer protection and advocacy.

Aditya Siroya

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 ADITYA SIROYA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Pennsylvania l Pennsylvania, USA l Advancing SDG 12 and UNAI 1

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“We truly believe that the Millennium Fellows alumni and peer community we are welcomed into will carry us forward the most by serving as sounding boards and providing feedback on milestones, priorities, and partnerships.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: rePurpose Global

Too much of plastic is too low-value to be collected, waste workers across Asia live in poverty, and individuals are not changing the way we waste. In response, rePurpose is a global community of consumers & businesses going #PlasticNeutral. Our flagship web platform enables individuals and brands worldwide to go #PlasticNeutral in three steps: 1) measure your consumption through our proprietary 3-min interactive tool 2) offset your footprint by contributing $0.25/lb to a vetted environmental organization in India who will ethically recycle an equivalent amount of low-value plastic that would have otherwise been landfilled, burned, or flushed into the oceans 3) join a community of reBalancers leading a thoughtful lifestyle through personalized ConsciousLiving tips & tricks, curated just for you to help you reduce your impact on our planet. We partner with visionary businesses to create #PlasticNeutral workplaces and experiences, embedded into the everyday life of the conscious consumer.

About the Millennium Fellow

Aditya is a rising senior at Penn studying Business Analytics and Religious Studies. He grew up in Bangalore and leads Impact and Technology at rePurpose. A past founder of a rural-focused microfinance nonprofit with a computer science background, his core competency lies in maneuvering and innovating in India’s complex business & technology ecosystem

Learn more about Aditya’s work via LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook.