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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. 


Cornell University l New York, USA l Advancing SDG 8  and UNAI Principle 9


“Everyone deserves dignity and wage they can live on in exchange for their labor. It is humans that go to work and thus workers rights are human rights. As Millennium Fellow I will be able to further spread my message in hopes of enacting change.”

Millennium Fellowship Project

The Living Wage as a Minimum Wage Project aims to create a world in which all people are respected in the workplace, have a Living Wage, the right to organize, quality health care, housing, childcare, transportation, and access to resources conducive to well-being. Most people who live in Tompkins County struggle to keep up with rising cost of living. New York is one of the 18 states that increased the minimum wage in 2018, but in Tompkins County this is insufficient, since they have a higher cost of living than the rest of upstate. Tompkins County has high levels of income inequality than anywhere else in New York, and this inequality is not only class-based: the low-wage workforce is disproportionately female, Latinx, and African-American. This is why a group has formed of local community activists, trade unionists, social service agencies, elected officials, employers and researchers to assess whether this is feasible. An initial look at the regional economic data would suggest that Tompkins County is the perfect place to introduce living wage legislation. The county has less to worry about from a minimum wage increase since the local economy is relatively robust. It has had a much stronger record of job creation than the rest of upstate and is largely driven by the kinds of jobs and businesses than cannot easily move to lower cost locations elsewhere, in particular higher education.

About the Millennium Fellow

Jaylexia Clark is a senior at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor Relations. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Public Service Scholar she hopes to conduct research on workers’ rights and the advancement of international labor standards. Through her participation in programs such as ILR in Dublin and through her internship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she has been able to learn more about the world of work and how the oppression of laborers is a fundamental injustice that affects Africans and African Americans across the globe. In the future, Jaylexia hopes to obtain a law degree and a doctoral degree and use her higher education to advance justice in the field of labor worldwide.

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