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 RISHITA NARWARE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras | Chennai, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 2

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" I am extremely excited about being a Millennium Fellow, as my past experiences working with nonprofits and NGOs have been extremely fulfilling and enlightening. This fellowship would help me in using the resources, mentorship, and global networking to the best extent possible thereby enhancing my ability to create impact from what I do. In current times when many are still suffering from the effects of pandemic and other existing crises, working with the global community to make a small contribution in making this world a better place would be a great way to give back to the community. Being associated with the United Nations would help me develop further perspective about what is happening in the world and how long-lasting positive impact is or can be created! "

Millennium Fellowship Project: IITM Mental Wellness Network

IITM Mental Wellness Network is a grassroots level endeavour aimed at raising mental health support systems within the student community. We will work within the IIT Madras campus and with underprivileged students from around the city of Chennai. We planned to mobilize students into tightly-knit support groups at the intra- and inter-departmental levels so that their mental health issues can be voiced in safe spaces. We will also work towards normalizing conversations surrounding mental health and conduct campus-wide data collection drives to cater to the specific needs of students. More importantly, we shall engage in a conversation with campus administration and other stakeholders to introduce a formal mental health infrastructure as part of the healthcare facilities available to students on campus, both in terms of counselling as well as medical attention. Simultaneously, we aim to interact with school students and introduce them to issues regarding 'Mental Health' potentially helping form an inter-university mental health support system that connects major campuses in South India. IITM Mental Wellness Network ultimately wishes to constitute a dynamic network that evolves with changing needs and times, in ways that understand connections between mental health and other spheres of life, such as educational quality, or gender equality.

About the Millennium Fellow

Rishita Narware is a final year student at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She is passionate about creating impact from what she does and has a strong desire to explore multiple avenues in life and her career. She is a trained Indian classical dancer who also loves to cook and travel. She immensely values networking and looks forward to a great experience working with co-fellows!