ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations. 80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT AMBER REE ROBINSON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Florida International University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3
" I am grateful and beyond ecstatic to be a Millennium Fellow because it allows me an opportunity to contribute to a community of change agents. Also, I look forward to being a part of an encouraging and uplifting space where social issues are addressed. As a Miami native, I know that language is a great factor in educational inequities. I seek to prioritize the accessibility to quality education. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Glott It!
This project, Glott It!, will seek to bring the concept of language-learning to underprivileged areas. In Miami, learning Spanish is extremely essential to the opportunities available and one's functionality in society. Glott It! will enter those areas and serve as language guides for underrepresented populations in Miami to learn Spanish in a more comfortable setting. In Miami, in particular, there is a lack of Black Spanish-language learners. The retention of such learners is even more unfavorable. Amber believes that the representation and significance of the intersection of Black culture in Spanish is serving as a deterrent. Therefore, Glott It will serve as an overarching community program, partnering with local community centers to target those that may not have the opportunity to be taught in a formal setting and/or do not comprehend the traditional teaching methodology. As someone who is a part of the Black community, the representation of a Black instructor who had to follow the same path of language acquisition is significant. Amber intend on implementing these programs on the weekend with rotating sessions, to allow the students to learn in a healthy and welcoming environment. Moving forward, based on its success, the Fellow would look forward to finding more instructors to expand the programs and implement them across the county and farther.¬† In terms of Goal 4: Quality Education, these participants will show an intermediate level of language acquisition in a nontraditional setting, a community center. As for Goal 10: Reduced Inequality, the founder and director, Amber Robinson, seeks to expand her pool of 150 participants to include those from other community centers in Miami-Dade County.
About the Millennium Fellow
Amber Ree Robinson is a junior majoring in English and Economics at Florida International University. She recently contributed to her first published postsecondary academic paper titled "Improving Spanish-Language Teacher Retention and Success among Black Spanish-Language Learners: An HSI-HBCU Collaboration." When not writing, Amber enjoys reading current events, performing spoken word, learning new languages, and watching social justice films. So far, she has performed her spoken word pieces at the Howard Theatre as well as other artistic venues. Prospectively, Amber aspires to be a civil rights lawyer.