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 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT AMELIA MILES, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

Furman University | South Carolina, United States | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 1

" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because I have learned all about the SDGs through my sustainability classes, and now I get to work towards one in an awesome project and interact with others who are also passionate about helping make the world a better place through real action. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Change in Greenville County Neighborhoods: Challenges and Opportunities

We looked at gentrification in various neighborhoods in Greenville, SC. Gentrification happens when a community is transformed from low income to a middle and high income community. This usually pushes the low income residents away. We studied areas that are low income and not at risk of gentrification, low income and at risk of gentrification, and areas that are experiencing ongoing gentrification, and areas that are experiencing advanced gentrification.

To do this, we randomly selected census tracts in Greenville and used census data to conduct focus groups in order to see if communities are really being gentrified and where people may be going. About 20 focus groups were conducted. In addition, we interviewed about 30 community leaders and business owners in the food industry to hear their insights on neighborhood change.

We will be writing a final report for the United Way of Greenville County. This will help the United Way decide where the at-need populations are located so that they may allocate funds to those areas.

About the Millennium Fellow

I am from Spartanburg, SC, and I am majoring in Sustainability Science and minoring in Poverty Studies at Furman. My passions include learning about connections between science and the humanities, drinking hot tea, playing soccer, and loving cats.

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