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 MUSKAN SUNISH SHAH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Hung Hom, Hong Kong | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9
" The famous quote "be the change you wish to see in the world" epitomises my eagerness and exhilaration on receiving this opportunity to be a Millennium Fellow. It is truly an honour, as through this platform I have the ability to offer my thoughts towards the development of the better world I'd like to live in. With just a basic foundation of ideas to combat fashion being one of the largest contributors to the degradation of our environment, I am eager to develop and grow the ideas through the Fellowship. Through the years I have expressed this need of momentum towards sustainability in my varied projects and now am thrilled to be able to apply my ideas in the real world. Not only can I build from here but I can build with a community of determined and passionate Fellows, connecting with them and their work, mingling to innovate a brighter future; further inspiring me to do more. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Rethinking Fashion
We will be working to advance SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and SDG 13 (Climate action) on campus and in our local area. Our project "Rethinking fashion " will aim at making people conscious consumers who are aware about the negative effects of fashion and that their consumption impacts the society at large. Being fashion enthusiasts, it’s really heartbreaking for us to see hoards of garments being dumped into the landfills which are hardly being worn. We want to create an awareness about how dumped clothing has a negative impact on our environment. To overcome this, we want to bring out humanity, a human connection to the garment which is missing today and how we can reuse our old clothing. We want to remind people of the environmental based sustainable ways to improve fashion. We have made a commitment to make fashion a force of good.
- Reach out to at least about a few hundred students on campus through sending department based emails about articles or post we put out
- Establish a strong Instagram page with at least a hundred followers
- Post at least 20 posts on instagram with engaging information
- Connect and encourage 2-3 influencers/sustainable fashion enthusiasts to share their advice through webinars
- Raise awareness on 2-3 # events/activities (eg; haulternative)
- (optional) Donate to 1-2 charities
- (larger-scale/ optional) present our university with a possible ‘trash to fashion’ annual event
Social Media Page for Rethinking Fashion (Instagram): rethinking.fashion
About the Millennium Fellow
Muskan in Muskan Shah translates to ‘smile’, which is what she aims to spread through her work. Born in India, raised in Thailand and studying in Hong Kong, Muskan hails from a culturally diverse background: a pioneering factor in motivating her to unite the world. She aspires to carry out ventures, helping our world grow and become a tranquil place. While her passion lies in fashion, she enjoys experimenting with new hobbies, widening her virtues, namely: badminton, dancing, writing. Through the years, Muskan has bloomed with confidence, eager to learn more and offer her help in these struggling times.