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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows. 

During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.



Florida International University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 6


" Im excited to be a Millennium Fellow because as an activist in my community, I understand that the work we accomplish for the Sustainable Development Goals is essential in pushing forward to achieve equality all over the world. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: LGBTQA Awareness @FIU

I conducted a series of interviews and distributed surveys to students, Alumni, and FIU faculty/staff on what they believe is beneficial for the LGBTQA community on campus and what the goals of our social justice oriented departments should look like. I bridged the gaps between their departments and made more of a unified front when it comes to LGBTQA issues and topics. By doing all of this, I planned to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment on campus by bringing new and innovative ways to address these topics and bringing to light some of the new and more current topics that the LGBTQA population is facing. I found in my research that a lot of students felt as there was no representation on social media or at all so I created an Instagram that presents ALL of the LGBTQA and social justice related topics and events so that FIU students are constantly connected and informed on all of the resources and events we have that serve this population. Similarly, there was a lot of issues between different departments on campus- there were instances where double events were taking place simply because nobody knew what resources and events were happening and there was no united front in tackling and addressing LGBTQA issues on campus. I found a way to keep this from happening- I came in contact with many directors for these departments and discussed ways in which we can work together to form a strong and inclusive front to topics in LGBTQA and other minority groups. Through my research and interviews, I found that students felt clueless in high school and did not know these resources were here at all, especially being that Miami is very conservative due to the high population of Hispanics. This caused me to create another subsection within my project to address these issues at the high school and middle school levels in Miami Dade and Broward County schools. I am currently working on a program thats serves to educate younger students on LGBTQA topics through their schools GSA or LGBTQA club that will have me present on LGBTQA topics, FIU's LGBTQA resources, and general support on the coming out process and academic help. This essentially serves to provide support and aid to our rising generations and keeping them informed on all of the opportunities there are for this community in Miami Dade and in FIU.

About the Millennium Fellow

Kaylin Diaz is a senior at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, in the United States. Kaylin is majoring in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies along with attaining a Pre-Law Certificate. Kaylin is very passionate about human rights issues and finds pride in being an activist and social justice warrior for LGBTQA+ rights, women's rights, immigrant rights, and topics of mental health. She aspires to one day become a Human Rights lawyer for the United Nations.

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