ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year.
“Being a Millennium Fellow allows me to expand the boundaries of my own passion project to engage with other social justice-minded individuals. I can't wait to be part of such powerful, impactful, and ethically motivated community.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
The Pad Project is a two-pronged effort which works to both supply sanitary menstrual pad machines to women and girls in poverty-ridden villages around the world and demolish the stigma surrounding menstruation everywhere. The Pad Project seeks to change the narrative of girls being disempowered and devalued by providing them with concrete tools to combat stigmas surrounding menstruation, ensuring that an increase in access to sanitary pads in developing communities will increase girls’ access to education worldwide. The first component of measurable impact will be that we will host three social action, word-of-mouth screenings of our documentary, PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE., which was created as a vehicle for raising awareness about The Pad Project. These screenings will take place at academic institutions. The second component will be the raising of money using community and sponsor outreach to begin to fund another pad machine for our newest partner school.
About the Millennium Fellow
Upon learning that girls in developing countries were dropping out of school due to their lack of hygienic menstrual products, Claire helped found The Pad Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates under the conclusion that "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education." Claire is sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) with a minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. She hopes to integrate these courses of study into her future work with The Pad Project.
Claire served as an Executive Producer for the Oscar-winning documentary, Period. End of Sentence. The film centers on Claire’s Fellowship Project, The Pad Project, and on addressing stigma around menstruation in rural India. The film won the Oscar in the documentary short category at the 91st Academy Awards, making Claire the first person to ever serve as an Executive Producer of an Oscar-winning documentary while currently enrolled as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Claire also represented the Millennium Fellowship in speaking at the United Nations Headquarters during the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum (video below).