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 KAITLYN GABRIELLA IRENE BROWN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Florida Gulf Coast University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5

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" The passion I have for my work comes from my heart: I have seen time and time again that education is not accessible to all students and in many ways, is hurting students. By being a part of the Millennium Fellowship, I will be able to develop my professional skills and help make a bigger, tangible impact on my local community's educational system. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Children and Adolescents Reading to Dogs

Partnering with Gulf Coast Humane Society, this research explores the benefits of a local program called Reading with the Dogs. My research team and I are investigating the effect of reading to shelter dogs on children’s and adolescents’ learning, reading skills, empathy development, and their knowledge of what social realities are at play. We are hoping this research project will promote awareness about social problems surrounding shelters as well as innovative programs for learning development. We are using a qualitative semi- structured interview research design in which we are approaching the readers, their parents, and shelter staff on their experiences and we are currently undergoing the approval process with the IRB. We will begin collecting data around April and throughout the summer. We are hoping to find whether this program helps to socialize the dogs, helps children understand overpopulation in shelters, and helps educators learn how to better motivate students to read and learn.

About the Millennium Fellow

Kaitlyn Brown is an insightful and creative scholar who dedicates her time to researching psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was raised in Florida with a passion for academia, social justice, and mental health awareness. Since childhood, Kaitlyn has had an affinity for research and developing innovative solutions to social issues, fueling a love for organizing community-based service projects that would give immediate and sustainable relief. Kaitlyn aspires to be a researcher and analyst in psychology, and she wishes to further United Nations' Sustainable Goals by studying the improvement of student outcomes, pedagogical standards, and accessibility of education.