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 CHRISTINA VELAZQUEZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Florida International University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1
" I am honored to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship because it provides me the opportunity to continue my work with the local community. I am able to network and engage with fellow young leaders to advance sustainable goals and address key issues plaguing our society. Moreover, I have the needed support system and mentorship to pursue my passion for gender justice. I am excited to join this unique and bright group of changemakers. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Ending Period Poverty
Period poverty is an epidemic plaguing young girls and womxn across the world. In low-income communities, menstruating individuals face a lack of access to hygiene products such as tampons and pads due to luxury taxes and cultural taboos. The Miami community is equally impacted by this issue as individuals in homeless and women's shelters often encounter shortages of the necessary healthcare products.
Thus, this project aims to close the gap of unequal access to menstruation products through directly aiding local shelters and non-profit organizations serving low-income/homeless femmes.
Ending Period Poverty hopes to collect over 200 units of hygiene products for in-need local shelters. Moreover, it seeks to engage with local officials and advocates to enable greater access to these products.
About the Millennium Fellow
Christina Velazquez is a rising senior pursuing dual degrees in political science and women's studies. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida to proud Latinx parents. She is a student-athlete for FIU's Women's Soccer Team. Off the field, she engages in reproductive justice advocacy through volunteer work with the Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida and other local non-profits. She hopes to continue her work in social justice to represent marginalized individuals across the gender spectrum in public policy.