ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations.  30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year. 

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year. 


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT GABBIE BUENDIA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

Rollins College l Florida, USA l Advancing SDG 11 and UNAI 4 & 9

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“I am passionate about promoting a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive environmental experience for all because of the exclusive history of environmentalism that has previously erased people like me from the narrative. However, I know that the environment belongs to everyone and everyone deserves to know how their environment is influencing them and vice versa.”

Millennium Fellowship Project

EcoReps is a program supported by the campus Sustainability Department that is meant to expand the education and awareness of sustainability initiatives on campus and sustainability issues around the world. By training and recruiting student leaders once a semester, EcoReps will foster a student body more aware of sustainability. Overall, the goal of EcoReps is to get our students more engaged and active in existing sustainability initiatives. 

Student volunteers will become aware of current sustainability initiatives on campus including our recycling program, urban farm, fair trade program, and bike program. They will then be given the appropriate tools to share their new sustainability knowledge with their classmates, fellow residents, and organizations through presentations, casual conversations, and events. They will also be provided with interactive learning opportunities including film screenings, a greenhouse tour, a lake cleanup, and outreach tabling to support their knowledge of sustainability on campus and in the community. Throughout all of these learning and volunteer opportunities, a rewards system will be used to keep students engaged in sustainability while fostering leadership skills. 

We aim to get at least 25 students trained and actively engaged as EcoReps. Over the course of this semester, we have 8 events scheduled for the EcoReps and hope to see an attendance rating of at least 40% at each one. Because our rewards program involves large interaction with social media, we are also aiming for at least 25 new followers to our social media pages. 

About the Millennium Fellow

Gabbie Buendia is a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL studying Environmental Studies and Sexuality, Women and Gender Studies. Her passions include feminism, environmental justice, and education. In her free time, she loves to go hiking, do Pilates, and improve her (vegan) cooking skills!

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