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 KATRINA ZARA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of California Davis | California, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1

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" Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will offer me amazing opportunities to surround myself with goal-oriented students who inspire me to further amplify the healing work I am already driven to do. By tackling prominent issues such as homelessness, I am excited to expand my network by connecting with like-minded people who are also passionate about the SDGs, especially with basic needs, mental health, and well-being. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: My State of Mind Project

My State of Mind is a worldwide youth run organization branch that originated from the Philippine based non-profit, Talang Dalisay. My State of Mind was inspired by the idea to spread mental health advocacy to new borders outside the Philippines, starting with the United States. With over 12 participating countries, we are a community aiming to fight current mental health stigmas around the world, as well as spreading mental health issues in our ever evolving society. We believe in breaking boundaries that inhibit people from shining and growing to their fullest potential. Our current project is focusing on mental health amongst high school and college students during the pandemic, providing networking and free events for students and fundraising opportunities to assist well-being, housing stability, and access to healthcare.

Our project has consisted of two parts: an online conference event and our care packages. We have our mental health advocacy conference, titled Mind Over Matter, on November 13, 2021 from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. We have invited youth global activist speakers from around the world, mental health professionals, and representatives of various UC Davis organizations to speak on behalf of our themes. Our multiple themes we will be focusing on include Educating on Mental Illness and How to Be an Ally, Defining and Accessing Therapy, and Caring for Your Mental Health and Well-Being. We have also published a questionnaire on campus for Davis students to fill out in order to gain feedback on the care package materials, which would be distributed for those facing housing insecurity, a lack of basic needs and mental health resources, and COVID care. We are currently fundraising with local businesses and companies for those care package materials, whilst having the conference as our main project of the quarter.

About the Millennium Fellow

Katrina Zara is a compassionate and ambitious Filipina-American student at the University of California, Davis who is majoring in Psychology with a strong interest in Human Rights. She is a driven mental health advocate and is passionate about helping marginalized communities to the best of her abilities. She strives to serve others with her leadership rooted in empathy and kindness. With her current activities, newfound skills in the fellowship, and her future profession, she hopes to inspire her environment into one with greater unity, and to continue her healing work in the lens of mental health with social justice.