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 CAITLIN DADDONA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Connecticut | Connecticut, United States | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9

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" I am so excited to actualize my passions into a social impact project that brings community health, individual expression, and critical global, environmental awareness to the forefront of Sustainability conversations. Climate Justice is Social Justice is Environmental Justice. Aspiring to these Justices through individual style empowerment, supported by a community space that understands the global context of our clothing industry, is bringing forth a vision of health that I believe can sustain multitudes. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Swap

The Swap at the University of Connecticut is a clothing reuse initiative that hopes to bring a space to our college campus that extends the lifecycle of our clothing goods, builds community through creating a clothing exchange network, and empowers individuals to learn about the love of second hand clothing. By working with UConn Residential Life Staff, Faculty, and student organizations like EcoHusky, Project Fashion, and our Undergraduate Student Government, we aim to create a pilot program of seasonal clothing swaps that will provide free, accessible clothing for all, as well as ensure all bodies and individuals are accounted for. We especially aim to provide educational materials regarding the global, environmental health impacts of the clothing industry and how reuse can mitigate them at a large scale. We hope additional funds generated from excess clothing will be returned to communities creating the textiles we value.

About the Millennium Fellow

Caitlin Daddona is a Senior, Environmental Sciences Student at the University of Connecticut, located in the United Sates. She currently calls Willington, CT home and has embarked on a Waste Reduction program focusing on clothing waste at the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus. Caitlin is passionate about connecting communities for realized environmental health benefits. She hopes to bring a Clothing Swap Program and Free Use store to her University that acknowledges the mental/individual health benefits of clothing reuse, creating a space for students that celebrates their expression of identity, as well as educate herself and fellow campus students on the global, environmental health consequences of the textile & fashion industries. Outside of the Swap Project, Caitlin is the president of the EcoHusky Student Organization at her University, an avid runner, and a lover of all types of music.