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 SONARI CHIDI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 16 & UNAI 10

" It is clear to me that it will take collaboration, intersectionality, and a grassroots, experience-based approach to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing our world. As a Millennium Fellow, I look forward to strengthening connections with other globally minded groups on campus, broadening my perspective, and utilizing the expertise and experience of the United Nations and MCN to enable me to advocate effectively on behalf of refugees around the world. I look forward to being inspired by the rich community of Millennium Fellows and contributing my own ideas and unique perspective as someone committed to using the power of film & media to achieve social change. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Changing perceptions of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers

Using the power of film and media to advocate for refugees & immigrants, through my co-founding and leading Penn FilmAid as President, creating a short documentary film, Shattering Refuge, on the media representation of the refugee crisis, and other advocacy for refugees & immigrants.

About the Millennium Fellow

Sonari Chidi is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Cinema & Media Studies and Africana Studies. He is interested in the power of film to effect social change.

In the summer of 2017, Sonari traveled to the UN Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to work alongside refugee filmmakers to create videos about life in the camp. Inspired by his experiences in Kenya, he co-founded Penn FilmAid. Penn FilmAid uses media, especially film, to raise awareness of the continuing global refugee and migration crisis through screenings, conversations, and panel discussions Sonari is an award-winning filmmaker. Shattering Refuge, the 2018 documentary Sonari directed, explores media representation of refugees.

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