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 NINA SIMRILL SMITH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia, United States | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9

" I am honored to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship because it gives me the space to dive deep into a project around the SDGs. I am excited also for the community of Fellows; both those that I've previously had a chance to collaborate with, and other students! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Hive For Humanity

In order to reduce the emissions associated with furniture manufacturing and purchase, this proposal introduces Hive for Humanity, a joint effort between the Georgia Tech community and Habitat for Humanity. Hive for Humanity will expand on Habitat for Humanity's program that collects gently-used furniture, appliances, and other items to sell at an affordable price in the ReStores. Coordinating strategic drop-off and pick-up of used furniture during move-out periods will provide an influx of furniture to ReStores, a decrease in waste, and mitigation of carbon emissions.

This initiative is mutually beneficial, offering a two-fold benefit of increased donations and sales for ReStores while involving students with a green campus initiative. Through a recurring donation program each semester, they will scale up Habitat for Humanity's initiative, expand reach, and increase sales while contributing to the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. The team plan on utilizing volunteers from Habitat for Humanity to assist students by transporting furniture from the Georgia Tech campus. With marketing geared towards students and involvement made accessible for all, this program will bridge the gap between the Atlanta community and what can often seem like the Georgia Tech 'bubble' paving the way for future volunteering involvement with Habitat for Humanity. The Fellows have designed marketing and social media deliverables to promote and encourage involvement with Hive for Humanity in the Georgia Tech student body.

About the Millennium Fellow

Simrill Smith is a current third year environmental engineering student at Georgia Tech. With a minor in global development, she seeks to learn about how to problem solve as both an engineer and social scientist for issues around sustainability.
Her career interests lie in disaster resilience and urban planning, but her main goal in life is to serve communities effectively.

Simrill is a current Design Thinking associate for Wish for Wash, a member of AIESEC, and an incoming sustainability committee chair for MOVE (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences). She also is a student advisor for RISE, a freshman organization centered around feminist leadership, and member of GT's roller derby team.

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