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 ERIN E OGRODNIK, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

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

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" My lifelong love and appreciation of nature have pushed me to advocate for conservation and sustainability, both personally and professionally.
During my time at university, I have been inspired by the passion and empathy that my peers display for not only the preservation of our planet but also for one another. Our generation is one of engagement and innovation. The experiences I've had with my peers, in tandem with my environmental passion, have motivated me to pursue community involvement like never before. I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it provides the opportunity to develop a community of individuals who will make a global difference. The skills I develop as a Fellow will help me to execute my continuous leadership in new and dynamic ways. The Fellowship will help me to further the SDGs in my current roles as a student and my future career. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Drastic about Plastic

My project, Drastic about Plastic, sought to educate and empower college students to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. This was achieved through two educational workshops, where students learned about the lifecycle of plastics in addition to the negative impacts plastic manufacturing has on minority communities and low-income areas. The culmination of my project was a summit, where students came together to collaborate about the tangible changes we can make as a campus community to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics.

About the Millennium Fellow

Erin Ogrodnik is a curious and passionate honors student at the University of North Florida. She majors in biology with a concentration in coastal environmental science and minors in geographic information systems and economic geography. A native Floridian, Erin has held a lifelong passion for the environment and all members of the animal kingdom. During her time at university, she has become an advocate for sustainability, serving as president of the Environmental Honors Society. In her future career, she hopes to continue advocating for the protection and conservation of our planet through furthering the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.