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 SHANNON WALSH COLLINS, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Connecticut | Connecticut, United States | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because the UN Sustainable Development Goals have been a beacon of light throughout what can sometimes be a discouraging education about the state of our world. As an optimist, I can use this program as a lifelong tool to broaden my horizons and give me an encouraging perspective about all that can be accomplished to have a more sustainable world. "
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
Shannon Collins is a junior at the University of Connecticut originally from Melrose, Massachusetts. She has always loved being outdoors and cherishes the natural world, which sparked her interest in Environmental Studies. Throughout her education she has grown increasingly passionate about protecting Mother Earth, and has decided to broaden her studies to include a Human Rights double major. She has a fervor to create a healthier society and Earth through her equal love of the environment and its people.