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 IAN MCPHERSON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Furman University | South Carolina, United States | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9

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" I feel that empathy is so incredibly important to fostering a community's sense of belonging. Keeping empathy at the forefront of intention allows others to feel accepted, supported, and understood by their community. Especially as we come off of a year with historic disconnection, I think it is so important to inspire community belonging - this process of creating empathetic, supportive environments is crucial. The Millennium Fellowship is an opportunity to foster these environments, while also championing a unique perspective on sustainability initiative. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Furman University Sustainable Dining Initiative

The Sustainable Dining Initiative is a comprehensive institutional commitment to sustainable food practices at Furman University. The initiative involves a collaboration of faculty, students, and university entities partnering to affect agricultural operations, environmental impact, labor practices, social inequality, nutritional health, behavioral patterns, and more. In the past month of the position, I’ve had conversations with dozens of individuals from a wide array of backgrounds about our role in the sustainability conversation, focused on educational programs, food waste, food insecurity, food recovery, and data-driven approaches. Our commitment to this project will be published in a public-facing document, the “Food Report,” establishing Furman as a national player in campus food sustainability.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ian attends Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he studies Environmental & Conservation Biology. Ian is passionate about creating opportunities for others to grow and succeed and truly believes in the power of intentionality and kindness. He hopes to pursue a career in sustainability/agro-ecology, focusing specifically on food systems and agricultural educations, and believes that the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals have crucial roles in these fields.