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 KATHLEEN MARY O'HAGAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Griffith University | Queensland, Australia | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 4
" I am excited to be part of the Millennium Fellowship because it will give me the chance to learn and flourish alongside my fellow students in order to strengthen my own abilities as an emerging leader. By deepening my understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, I aim to crystallise my core values as an individual and situate my future social impact work within the global community. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: The Best of Times
The Best of Times Project is an art-based social enterprise which aims to shed light on the real and effectual global changes that has been made since 2000. Based on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal's progress report for 2019, The Best of Times Project contains a series of thirty illustrations that each celebrate an advancement towards one of the seventeen SDGs. These illustrations both teach the core mission of each goal (i.e. Health and Well-Being) and the work that is currently being done to create global change (i.e. decrease in Measles deaths due to vaccination.)
Action most often proceeds an understanding of attainable progress. Kathleen believes the SDGs are a powerful tool to give young people hope and a deeper understanding of their own ability to make a difference. The illustration project will act as an educational resource, to raise awareness about the SDGs goals and how they can reach them by 2030.
Throughout the course of the Millennium Fellowship, the aim is to create three separate teaching booklets, for teachers and parents, to accompany the online illustrated book and educational website (). These resources will be partnered with three interactive illustration workshops, hosted with local schools, that will encourage students to draw their own depictions of good news happening around the world. The sales of printed copies of the book and art prints will fund donations of educational materials to local Brisbane schools and schools in Ovalau, Fiji.
About the Millennium Fellow
Kathleen O'Hagan is an emerging artist, studying at Griffith University, Brisbane. Through practice-led research, she is keen to explore ways artists can utilise social enterprise to both partner with their local community and create meaningful change. She is passionate about the power art can have to tell important stories, educate and inspire!
As an artist, Kathleen has exhibited her work both locally and inter-state, in galleries across Australia. She is an active member of Griffith ENACTUS's leadership committee; and recently undertook a creative internship at Griffith University's Yunus Centre, tasked with illustrating their mission for societal impact.