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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.



Northeastern University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 7 & UNAI 9


" I have always felt a deep connection to nature and writing, and hope to one day assist in the drafting, writing, and editing of environmental justice policy at a government level. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will increase my ability to do so not only by the mentorship provided by the program, but through its opportunities to learn collaboratively, to hear and internalize perspectives of fellows from across the globe to work toward policy solutions that are kind and equitable to all people and the planet. The skills I gain from the Millennium Fellowship will also advance our current solar-powered bench charging station initiative that makes clean energy/technology charging more accessible to students and environmental justice communities surrounding Northeastern. I am beyond excited to further develop my social justice leadership competence through the program and continue expanding my understanding of ethical environmental projects and policy implementation. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Solar Charging Benches at Northeastern

With an uptick in students spending time outdoors due to hybrid classes, coronavirus social distancing, and want for a clean energy option, these options would provide convenient seating and an outdoor charging location. These would both allow students and the wider community to work and spend time outdoors while being able to confidently charge their devices using clean energy. These charging stations not only allow students and residents to congregate in a safer socially distanced setting, but also increase awareness and the need for sustainability on campus.

About the Millennium Fellow

Lily Cunningham is a passionate, hardworking, and conscientious undergraduate student majoring in politics, philosophy, and economics with minors in environmental policy and law and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston MA. For as long as she could remember, Lily has always been drawn to the linkages between social and environmental justice, and how the two are inherently dependent on one another.

Throughout her high school and college years she has volunteered at local organic farms and national parks, studied sustainability abroad in Copenhagen and Berlin, and previously co-oped as the Workforce Development Fellow at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) where she assisted in allocating government funding to clean energy internships in Massachusetts. She is driven to continue working with government and nonprofit groups to not only gain more experience collaborating with the administrative entities that shape our laws and institutions, but to better understand how to create environmental legislation that supports the planet and prioritizes environmental justice communities. For her current co-op, she is working at the Attorney General's Office as a Charities Assistant to support and monitor nonprofit and public charity groups in Massachusetts to contribute to this understanding and the advancement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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