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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BENJAMIN THOMAS LANAVA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Northeastern University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 6 & UNAI 6
" Ever since I was young, the one conviction that I have held steadfast to is that I want to help others. Becoming a Millennium Fellow means so much to me because it is the first step to truly realizing this dream that I've always held. I am so excited to join a community of like-minded individuals, and to work alongside the other fellows to prove that change can truly be enacted when we all unite behind a common goal. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Clean Water for Nakyenyi, Uganda
This project involves the design and implementation of a fully-functioning and independent water treatment and distribution system for the community of Nakyenyi, Uganda. It is currently spearheaded by the Northeastern University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which means that the design and implementation are both being facilitated by student engineers. The source of the water will be a borehole that was dug on a previous implementation and assessment trip conducted by students at the university and overseen by the elected water board of the community. This water source will provide clean and safe drinking water to the community of Nakyenyi and the neighboring community of Lwensinga with a combined population of over 3,000 people.
About the Millennium Fellow
Benjamin (Ben) Thomas Lanava is a dedicated, compassionate, and hardworking individual with a dream of affecting positive change in the lives of those around him. After growing up and attending school in Worcester, Massachusetts, he has taken numerous steps to found programs geared towards improving the amount of opportunities available within his community. Ben has hopes of elevating this desire to help out his community with his pursuit of a degree in Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. Through curriculum surrounding pollution reduction, wastewater treatment, and the SDG's, he hopes to integrate his loves for the environment and helping others.