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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.



University of Nairobi CHS | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 2


" Systems thinking is the fuel that propels my craft and work and fosters innovation and adaptation. Participating in the Millennium Fellowship will help you develop these abilities cooperatively. With the knowledge and abilities I learn during the Millennium Fellowship, I will be better able to create a social influence on educational institutions and artistic communities that is consistent with UNAI principles and SDGs. I'm eager to develop my preemptive skills through imagining innovative approaches to learning and creativity. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Art Therapy

“The work of art is a scream of freedom” ~ Christo. For centuries, humans have used artistic expression as a means of communicating stories, ideas and documenting significant events. Since then, art has become an important fixture in culture and history, and it has been accepted and widely celebrated that art and the expression of emotions are synonymous with each other.

In light of this, more ground was gained in the field of art therapy, and it grew important roots in the field of education and approaches used in therapy. By employing art therapy within the therapeutic process, individuals are able to express feelings through their art and this can foster healing and mental well-being and help people achieve a greater sense of personal well-being.

According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, less than an hour of creative activity can reduce your stress and have a positive effect on your mental health, regardless of artistic experience or talent. Therefore, our project aims to achieve art therapy in medical school here at the University of Nairobi through crocheting, painting, drawing, collaging, doodling and scribbling and colouring. We hope to achieve this by collaborating with our mental health department here at the University, which will help us get candidates by spreading the word to their patients about a new strategy of coping with stressors. The patients will then be presented with an application form through which interested parties can join our forum.We also hope to partner with non-profit art organizations like Sekoya which can help sponsor our project and provide us with some of the materials needed to carry out the project, like canvas, knitting thread among others.

By working to bring the conscious, unconscious and subconscious into expressive and tangible forms, the creative processes involved in art therapy will be explored for their ability to encourage personal growth, mindfulness, and self-discovery. Therefore, through this project, we hope to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills

About the Millennium Fellow

Lucianne Odiero is a talented, youthful, and internationally competitive medical student at the University of Nairobi. She presently resides and attends school in Kenya, where she was born. Lucianne has always been passionate about her advocacy for mental health, ever since she could remember. This zeal and ardor came from Lucianne's medical school experiences which led her to conduct her very first study on Mental Health at a very juvenile age and presented her findings in an international Forum in Rome, Italy. She has participated in the successful planning of numerous mental health symposiums, and she is presently working on a project related to mental health as part of the Millennium Fellowship. Lucianne aspires to engage in a career that will allow her to promote these objectives further and contribute to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

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