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 REILLY GRZYWACZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Loyola Marymount University | California, United States | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

" I'm excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it will deepen my understanding of global issues and provide me with the tools necessary to address those issues. My interest in climate justice, specifically the state of climate refugees, has led me and my peers to this fellowship. I am eager to develop greater skills and knowledge so that I can educate others on these issues and assemble a network of activists who are as dedicated as me to environmental justice. "

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

Reilly Grzywacz is a senior at Loyola Marymount University studying Environmental Studies with a minor in Health and Society. She is particularly interested in the intersections between environmental justice, social justice, and public health. Reilly is originally from New York, but goes to school in Los Angeles, and is unsure of where she'll end up next. She plans on finding an environmental justice internship after graduating, and then eventually going to graduate school to advance her studies.

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