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 EMMA KATES PAYNTER, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" Building sustainable living spaces is a passion of mine. I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow mostly because I hope to work there one day. I am studying and taking environmental courses at college and I hope I will eventually be able to teach others the best ways to protect human health. I hope that my Fellows from my college can bring climate action to our peers. "

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

Emma Kates Paynter is a hard working student athlete at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She uses she/her/hers pronouns. Emma, while originally from New York City, has spent most of her life in Connecticut. Growing up nearby Long Island Sound has inspired my passion for the environment, human, and animal health. Her expected graduation date is May 2023. She is looking forward to learning a lot in this fellowship.