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 NADINE HIRT, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 2

" I am honored to be a Millennium Fellow and have the opportunity to collaborate with student leaders across campus so that we may all learn how to expand the scope of our impact both in our individual projects and in our future careers. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Global Impact Collaborative

As a member of the Global Impact Collaborative (GIC), a student-led consulting group at the University of Pennsylvania for international nonprofit organizations, I lead a project team in consulting for Women in Sustainable Enterprises Kenya (WISE Kenya). Our project team has helped WISE Kenya identify and expand economic opportunities for women in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region, including the wetland villages of Dunga, Yala, Kusa, Koguta, and Mageta Island. This not only empowers women and promotes gender equality through economic inclusion, but also advances sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth and employment. As women's disposable incomes rise, they are increasingly able to access affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy sources. Specifically, our project team has worked to identify ecotourism opportunities for the women to sell on Airbnb, has coordinated with fair trade associations to market the women's handicrafts and furniture as fair trade goods, and is in the process of identifying and applying for grants to continue funding WISE Kenya's initiatives.

About the Millennium Fellow

Nadine is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations and minoring in International Development and Hispanic Studies. She first became interested in social impact work as an intern for Ashoka Mexico and Central America in Mexico City, and has since developed her interest by partnering with nonprofits in Kenya, South Sudan, and the local Philadelphia community.

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