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 KENDRA DEIRDRE COOPER-SMITH, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Pace University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 14 & UNAI 9
" I am extremely excited to be a part of a worldwide community of diverse activists and forward thinkers who are working towards creating a better world. I have always fought for an bolstered the voices of marginalized people, especially when looking at the inextricable link between human rights advocacy and climate justice. I am looking forward to learning from other Millennium fellows and mentors, deconstructing harmful social structures, and reexamining what it means to be a global citizen in this generation. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Lower Hudson Water Defense
Kendra and her team plan to cultivate relationships between local farms and Rivertown communities to determine the roles they play in ending water eutrophication along the Hudson River and facilitate dialogue regarding how the community can support beneficial agricultural practices while combatting destructive eutrophication contributors. The team aims to gain a better understanding of their habits as consumers and perpetrators of this water-system health issue, while also collaborating to uncover solutions that are feasible for our Rivertown communities at large. Project Lower Hudson Water Defense aims to show that through community leadership and education, we can all be instrumental in stopping water eutrophication and restore the health of our water systems!
About the Millennium Fellow
Kendra Cooper-Smith is a queer black woman and activist invested in centering black and indigenous voices in the fight for environmental justice and equity. She aims to further understand the intersection between race, poverty, colonialism, our food system, and the increasingly drastic effects of climate change. Her focus on goal 14 will hopefully draw attention to the detrimental effects of water eutrophication along the Hudson River and the ways we as a community can be instrumental in the healing of our water systems.