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 VARSHINI SANTHANARAJAN ODAYAR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Harvard University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 5
" I am very excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it is provides the unique opportunity to create social change while growing and learning from my peers. It is a space where I can make connections with others, listening to their stories and motivations behind their work. Today, the voices of marginalized communities are silenced as their stories remain untold. I want to use the voice that I have in this world to amplify the voices of people experiencing homelessness and the voices of young girls fighting for their right to an education. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Libraries of Hope
Library of Hope aims to provide a virtual, online library of resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. This library will include resources and e-books on career planning, skill building, interview preparation, and other soft and hard skills translated in many different languages. Furthermore, the library will focus on providing mental health resources as well. The goal is to build and publish an online library which will be shared with homeless shelters and support centers across the nation. Varshini have reached out to a few homeless shelters to assess needs and materials which would be particularly beneficial to each shelter.She plans to initiate educational events in collaboration with at least ten shelters in order to explain how individuals experiencing homelessness can access and use the library. The project aim to establish connections with at least ten to fifteen shelters and hold at least five informational sessions on how to use the Library of Hope.
About the Millennium Fellow
Varshini Odayar is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Neuroscience and Social Anthropology. She is very passionate about the intersection of health and human rights as she aspires to create social change in her community. From a young age, she has made it her mission to empower young girls and women globally through her nonprofit Sparking Lives. She strives to amplify the voices of marginalized communities through her social work and her passion for photojournalism. Through the Millennium Fellowship, she is excited to spark change along with a community of other civic-minded students.