Arieanna Eaton

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MILLENNIUM CAMPUS NETWORK PROUDLY PRESENT ARIEANNA EATON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018

"I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it provides me the opportunity to connect with individuals as passionate about changing the world as I am. Disparities are avoidable, unacceptable, and rejectable – being a Millennium Fellow is a commitment to this idea and to using our resources to change things."

Arieanna Eaton is a junior at Alma College, where she studies Global Public Health and Maternal and Child Health. There, she embraces her passion for supporting the growth of her peers as a Resident Assistant, a tutor, and a mentor on the Model United Nations team. Arieanna also supports community development as a Public Affairs Institute fellow. Good public policy is based in research; she aims to eliminate health disparities in marginalized groups by researching perinatal mortality in Malawi, the health of foreign-born children in the United States, and the disparities between black and white children with renal cell carcinoma.

The Big Box Farm Project has been selected to be a Millennium Fellowship Project! Food insecurity is a problem around the world – 12 percent of households (15.6 million households) are food insecure in the United States. Oftentimes, families in rural areas lack access to nutritious, fresh, affordable produce year-round. This is the case with Gratiot County, where 19 percent of individuals live below the poverty level and where we go to college. We aim to host community events to demonstrate how an urban farm using an aquaponic system will address food insecurity in our community and major issues in corporate American agriculture, such as exploitation of immigrant farm labor and waste. By December, we aim to host 1,000 community members (approximately 11 percent of the city's population) at the aquaponics system established at the college to incentivize community support to scale-up our initiative. To support this goal, we will apply for at least three more grants to fund purchasing the K-Mart building and running a fully operational urban farm. Additionally, we aim to partner with the largest food distributor in the county to invest in the health of the students, patients, and employees which this distributor serves. Between this partnership, the partnership with state and local governments, and with local farmers, we are optimistic the Big Box Farm Project will advance the economic development and the health of our community. This project advances the principals of SDG 17 and UNAI 9.

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