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 ISAAC JAMES, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.
Rollins College | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 7
" In a complex world, one individual will not solve all the complexities. Therefore, joining a fellowship, such as the Millennium Fellowship, will benefit in the global goal of reaching equality, stability, growth, and peace. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Friends of Migrants and Refugees
The aim of "Friends of Migrants and Refugees" is to increase the engagement and acceptance of migrants, and refugees within Morocco with local Moroccan citizens. My specific target demographic is university students, as these are the next leaders in Morocco whom can demand and create change to policies that hinder a migrant or refugees successful integration into Morocco. Essentially, my project aims to help create or increase social capital for migrants and refugees which could be an incentive and deterrent from the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
On my weekends I taught English to migrant youth. The English program, mainly had foreigners volunteering to teach, but through my project, I have encouraged Moroccan university students to assist as well. The project also recruits and encourages students to start an Arabic learning program for migrants and refugees, or be a part of an already existing program. The migrant minors I have worked with have voiced that the language barrier keeps them from creating essential networks. Encouraging university students to start an Arabic program brings the engagement between migrants and locals that can create change.
My project was part of three panel discussions on the topic of migrants and refugees in Morocco. The first discussion was a Student Brown Bag talk. Student Brown Bag talks are an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to present ideas, projects, thesis, and also listen to them as well. This was my initial platform of pitching my project and the reason why individuals should support it. The second was a collaborated event with a student organization, AUI amnesty international. This panel also focused on migrant and refugee issues in Morocco. The third event was in collaboration with another student organization which invited a German organization to participate in the panel discussion. At each event there were more than thirty participants.
About the Millennium Fellow
Hi! My name is Isaac James and I am a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. My major is Public Policy and Political Economy, and Social Entrepreneurship. My long-term career goal is to work with the United Nations to resolve global challenges that result in displacement, violence, poverty, and slavery. I am grateful to be an Millennium Fellow. My favorite quote is from U.N messenger of peace, Jane Goodall- “ The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”