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 KATHERINE PATTERSON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Florida Gulf Coast University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 2

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" Collaboration and citizen diplomacy are vitally important for my aspiration to pursue global health and academic medicine as a practicing physician. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will give me the opportunity to enhance these skills. The skills I will gain from the Millennium Fellowship will make my social impact on schools and the medical community more impactful. I am excited to have the opportunity to pursue these skills in a concentrated manner. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Campus Cancer Campaign

Campus Cancer Campaign is a public health initiative. Students, headed by our faculty advisor, are working to increase the general knowledge of cancer at FGCU. In Spring 2021, we developed and implemented a 2 day educational and interactive event. This event covered basic cancer information, HPV-related cancers, alcohol-related cancers, and skin cancers. Students created a follow-up survey to acquire feedback on the event and assist in developing future programming. We’re planning another event for Spring 2022 that has a similar set-up to the Spring 2021 event.

Currently we’re increasing our social media engagement by publishing 3 interactive cancer facts weekly on instagram (@FGCU_CCC). We also host monthly tabling on campus in Fall 2021 on the cancer selected for each month. We measure participants' increase of knowledge about cancer through correct vs incorrect responses. The ultimate aim is to increase knowledge about cancers affecting young adults at FGCU and arm them with strategies they can put into place now to decrease their lifetime risk of cancer.

About the Millennium Fellow

Katherine Patterson is a biology student at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was born and raised in Florida, but her parents fostered her passion for different cultures through exposure at a young age. She started studying Chinese when she was in middle school and has continued throughout college. As someone who plans to enter the medical field, she feels that it is imperative to understand the medical practices and approaches of different cultures, especially the Chinese approach to medicine. She wants people from across the globe to benefit from a greater understanding of both fields, so that we might form a better approach to treating illnesses.