ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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.

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BEMNET ASSEFA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgetown University | Washington D.C., United States | Advancing SDG 17 & UNAI 4

" I am excited to continue working with passionate, highly motivated, and altruistic members of the Millennium Campus community. I am looking forward to learning more from them about how they consciously work to help solve complex global issues. These are initiatives and people I am confident will shape my mindset and how I choose to move forward in my career. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Global Living and Learning Community

I am the community programming lead and residential assistant for the Global Living Community (GLC) at Georgetown University.

As the community leader, I spearhead activities and events to facilitate exposure to under acknowledged world issues. This learning also occurs informally through the cross-cultural connections made through shared living spaces, conversations, and opportunities to develop friendships. My vision for this living community is to look critically into and beyond what global news sources are showing us in order to discover more about the populations whose challenges, we as a global community, are oblivious to.

The Global Living Community has 28 residential participants. During this past 4-month time period we held 10 events around the theme of global understanding. At the beginning of the Fall Semester, there was a retreat for members to get to know one another through cultural exercises.

The GLC also regularly holds “global dinners,” where a member of Georgetown’s faculty is invited to share a meal and a conversation of current global issues with students. This is an opportunity for students to engage with renowned faculty outside of the traditional classroom setting, as well as engage with recent news on a more intimate and conversational level.

In order to accomplish this goal of shaping deeper insight, I invite partners with expertise beyond my own to share their experiences with the GLC. This includes Georgetown and School of Foreign Service faculty and researchers, GLC residents, and the 2019 UN Millennium cohort of students with their projects pushing forward the agendas of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Millennium Fellow

Bemnet Assefa is currently in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Studying Culture and Politics with a concentration in International Law, with a certificate in the International Study of Diplomacy, and a minor in Spanish. She serves as the Vice President of the Georgetown University NAACP Chapter and is a representative to the Black Leadership Forum. She is also a research assistant and website developer for the School of Foreign Service's departmental programs.

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