ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CRISTIAN JOSE HERNANDEZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Colby College | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 1
" The older I get, the more I realize the world is a cold, dark place driven by greed and indifference. The potential to push back against the ever churning evils of the world through my poetry and my understanding of environmental crises is what excites me about being a Millennium Fellow. I know that by aligning the power of my words and making the truth of humanity’s destruction relatable and digestible, I will be able to make a difference that resonates across the world. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Poetry and Environmental Action
The main work of this project involves the research and understanding of various environmental crises across the globe. As the leader, author, and primary researcher of this project, it was my responsibility to undertake the translation of various narratives into cohesive artistic works of poetry. Additionally, due to the complexity of the narratives at hand, it was my duty to carefully interpret the stories of the peoples I was writing about so as to not appropriate their stories. Ultimately, these works of poetry were compiled into a collection.
About the Millennium Fellow
Cristian Hernandez is an aspiring poet, biologist, and physician currently studying at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Cristian is a first generation Chicano student born to parents who immigrated to the United States to escape poverty and instability. Having grown up picking grapes in the fields of California and learning about the struggles of his people, the agricultural industry, and the environment, Cristian realizes that silence around the suffering of minorities and mother earth constitutes violence. He realizes that the only way the world will change is if it is presented with truths that not only strike heartstrings but also present the necessity of change in a relatable way.