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.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MARLA ZOE RINCK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Columbia University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 9

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" Empathy and humility are both the foundation and the epitome of my work and commitments. Being a Millennium Fellow would allow me to work with, and learn from, like-minded people who share the same passion and desire to make a difference in this world. By fostering core values of humility and empathy, and by working with others in a team setting to create goals, we will all be able to maximize the feedback that we give to one another to help each other either overcome various challenges or to provide ideas for improvement. Oftentimes, it is the combination of many ideas and practices that make a project successful. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Stilettos and Silhouettes

After being introduced to Jules, a 15 year old girl who set up her own Rhino Fund, called the JUMU rhino fund, I was highly motivated to start similar fundraising efforts to support elephants. Establishing a partnership with Relate Organization in South Africa, and establishing a partnership with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, were the first steps on the journey to setting up my website called “Operation Tembo". Hosting multiple fundraisers & presentations at my high school allowed me to achieve my goal to raise awareness about endangered elephants in Africa and to raise money along the way (on a local scale). During my second year at Sciences Po, I partnered with the student association Sciences Po Environment (SPE) to raise awareness about this cause. Looking to the future, I hope that, with regards to COVID, the situation will allow me to raise both funds and awareness in New York City (during my studies at Columbia) by continuing to engage with my current partners and other potential organizations based in New York. I not only hope to turn this project into a school club, but also hope to create an established NGO before I graduate university.

About the Millennium Fellow

As a highly motivated and conscientious individual, Marla Rinck is currently a third-year university student attending Columbia University in the city of New York as part of the Dual BA program with Sciences Po in France. As someone with a passion for travelling, and as someone who has lived in multiple different countries, Marla has had the fortunate opportunity to discover, learn and understand cultural diversity around the world. Additionally, she is committed to making a difference and having an impact on societies by protecting her own cultural heritage, as well as protecting the environment for future generations to come. As someone who is always keen to grow and develop personally, Marla is a strong believer of continuous improvement. Her eventual career goal is to lead Corporate Responsibility for a Multi-National Corporation. To achieve this, Marla is seeking a well-rounded and holistic education that further enhances her knowledge of different topics in the interdisciplinary social sciences, as well as opportunities to engage in service work to deepen her understanding of global citizenship issues.