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ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2022

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT RIWA HASSAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2022.

Sciences Po Menton | Menton, France | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3

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" Fueled by the responsibility I owe to the future generations, I am looking forward to become a Millennium Fellow. This Fellowship will not only enable me to enhance my networking and communication skills but also exchange conversations and education from people who I have not had the chance to get to know them even though we live in the same community. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Tabadol

We started our project in early February, when one of our members started communicating with the ISNAD Community Center in Palestine on potentially establishing a “language buddy” relationship via Zoom between students at Sciences Po Menton and those at the community center. Raed Eshnaiwer, the center’s founder and professor at Birzeit University, outlined the need for intercultural connections for Palestinian students, given the fact that many of them never leave the boundaries of their own city. He suggested that not only do we start planning for language tutoring, but also arrange monthly conferences on debates and discussions between Sciences Po and ISNAD CC students.

We will be setting up one student at Sciences Po, most of whom learn Arabic as part of the curriculum, with a Palestinian student. They will hold weekly virtual meetings in order to create networks and practice their language skills with each other. While most Sciences Po students will be helping the Palestinian counterparts with English conversational skills, in some cases and according to demand, students will also have the opportunity to improve their French, Spanish, Turkish, German, Japanese, Russian, Persian, Kurdish, and more. In addition, we will hold cultural events such as debates and panels. We have not been able to hold one yet, but we plan to have a discussion on a topic such as the right to education within the next three weeks.

Currently, we have finished the first stage of recruiting students interested in the project and are waiting for professor Raed Eshnaiwer to provide us with a student list. We are working with SciencesPo students to solidify interests and linguistic abilities, in order to better pair them with their Palestinian counterparts. We are also promoting our project in order to involve more students in the virtual language exchange and cooperating with the university administration to register our first open-to-all event.

Finally, one of our members is currently on the board of Mediterranean Model United Nations, our campus' annual Model UN Conference, the biggest MUN in the Mediterranean region, offering committees in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Turkish. For next year's conference, after speaking with Mr. Eshnaiwer, we are interested in forming a partnership between MEDMUN as an outgrowth of our own organization. We would offer Model UN masterclasses throughout the year, as many of the students are beginners in MUN, thus giving interested students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the fields of diplomacy and international relations.

About the Millennium Fellow

Riwa Hassan is a bright, dedicated and empathetic political science student at Sciences Po Paris. She was born and raised in Lebanon until she was chosen to partake in a highschool exchange program in Massachusetts, United States sponsorerd by the Department of State after which she decided to continue her higher studies in Menton, France. Riwa has always been driven by the urge to lift her country from the ashes. She witnessed her country fall many times, through wars, assassinations, economic crises and was mostly affected by the Beirut Blast in 2020. She was always on the streets, helping or protesting, until she figured that it is time to go deeper and study political science focusing on the Middle East. Riwa has always been active in her community and she is now co-president of three associations on her campus. Riwa aspires to become a diplomat one day to participate in effective discussions and implement long-lasting solutions starting from her country, Lebanon.

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