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 JESSICA MONE LAAR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Loyola Marymount University | California, United States | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it will allow me the resources and opportunities to contribute to a cause dear to my heart while forming connections with young visionaries across the world. I am invested in climate action work to ensure a brighter future for tomorrow for black and brown communities both locally and globally. I believe we must centralize the experiences of Black and Brown communities to gain a genuine understanding of the effects of climate change and create an equitable, honest mode of combating it while caring for those who have already suffered from its effects. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: LMU Climate Refugee Awareness Initiative
The Fellows focus is on the emerging climate refugee crisis, which encompasses people forced to move within their country or leave for another when climate change makes their home unlivable. They recognize and will address an absence of awareness, advocacy, and tangible action towards people's displacement due to climate change consequences. They acknowledge that climate change and the ensuing refugee crisis are big issues requiring multi-faceted solutions. To promote awareness and advocacy, the Millennium Fellows will host multiple teach-ins. These teach-ins will utilize an intersectional approach that recognizes climate change consequences are felt disproportionately by minorities, people battling cyclical poverty, and other marginalized groups. They will present crisis information on local and global levels and promote involvement in our campus demonstration. The demonstration will highlight PoC communities surrounding Los Angeles with inadequate access to clean water, a problem exacerbated by climate change. It will bring visual representation to the wide range of circumstances, including to natural disasters and desertification, that disproportionately force PoC and indigenous communities to migrate. The team will virtually campaign and sell fair trade items to raise money for the Environmental Justice Foundation to help immediately address climate injustices that PoC and indigenous communities are facing around the world.
About the Millennium Fellow
Jessica Laar is a junior Psychology major with a Business Administration minor at Loyola Marymount University. She is a first-generation Ghanian-American college student with a vested interest in community service and organizing. She is passionate about climate change and action against racial, gender, and sexuality-based discrimination and violence.