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 AURORA PINELLI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University College London | London, United Kingdom | Advancing SDG 10 & UNAI 4
" Empathy and mutual understanding for the creation of concrete and strong relationships with people are the values that drive me into my work. Being part of the Millennium Fellowship will allow me to integrate these principles for community building. I will learn how to make people overcome their cultural differences to focus on common goals, namely reducing inequalities and foster human prosperity. I am very excited to start this path and work with Schools to make students more aware of the Mediterranean migration route. I have a deep desire to contribute to people’s understanding of what being a “migrant”, or a “refugee” means. The Millennium Fellowship will equip me with the necessary tools to create new ways of learning about this global crisis while contributing to the UNDGs and fulfil crucial educational principles such as inter-cultural dialogue and understanding as well as the unlearning of intolerance. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Next Chapter
“Next chapter" is a group project run simultaneously in London and Sicily. We are six undergraduate students whose belief is that having to relocate to another country is not the end of the book but rather, the beginning of a new chapter.
Our aim is to facilitate the integration of young refugees in both the British and Italian communities, by following a double-sided approach. Since Italy acts as a first-arrival country for refugees, it is crucial to recognise the link between here and the UK - which acts as a second or even third-arrival country. In a globalised world, where phenomena such as immigration are global in impact, it’s important to tackle the SDGs from an inclusive perspective, recognising the interconnections between countries.
The Sustainable Development Goals that we are advocating are SDG 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education” and SDG 10: “Reduce inequality within and among countries”.
About the Millennium Fellow
Aurora Pinelli is a young and ambitious student in a Double Degree in European Social and Political Studies between Sciences Po Paris and University College London. Raised in Sicily, Aurora grew in an environment that pushed her to stand up for injustices and advocate for migrants’ rights and integration. She learned about the Mediterranean and Balkan migration routes by working with migrants and unaccompanied minors in Sicily (Italy) and Bourgogne (France). She worked three months in Sarajevo at the Post-Conflict Research Centre where she dealt with mass atrocities, transitional justice, and reconciliation. Now, she is the Community Team Leader of Atlas: the new global progressive political movement that has recently been launched.
Aurora aspires to integrate Law School to keep on fighting against impunity and injustices at the global level and use her leadership skills to contribute to the UNDGs.