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 have always had a passion to help others and my community. Having the opportunity to be a millennium fellow offers me a chance to be surrounded by people with the same motivations as me, fills me with much enthusiasm.”
Millennium Fellowship Project: Queer Love
The project consists of the creation of a magazine called, “Queer Love” made by students whose purpose is to expose all issues and problems related to the LGBT+ community and gender. The purpose of this magazine is to be integrated into educational curriculums, the teaching of relevant and important topics that affect our society. The project will cover topics such as; queer history, terminologies, use of inclusive language, safe sex, among others. Essentially it would be an educational tool accessible to anyone on a digital platform. The goal of the journal is to educate as many people as possible about as many relevant topics as possible which allow the acceptance of community members. The process of deconstructing mental paradigms and adopting new ideas is achieved through education and with the project hopes to achieve that. The project deals directly with SDG #4 Quality Education.
About the Millennium Fellow
Yan Rivera is a senior at the University of Puerto Rico, studying sociology with a focus in criminology and cultural studies and is also minoring in gender studies. Outside of the classroom, Yan participates in several student organizations such as The Student Council, Model UN, Resi Queer ( LGBT+ student organization), Residents Council, as well as the Eco-Environmental Society. Yan has also taken part in several political demonstrations aimed towards the betterment of the government within Puerto Rico. Yan holds the utmost belief that all people regardless of their backgrounds should have equal access to quality education. Yan believes heavily that education carries a direct link towards improving different aspects of society such as progression in justice and equality.