ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
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.
“I am super stoked about this network of young people, each passionate about sustainability in some way. I can't wait to meet more fellows and get to know this network of change-makers and leaders.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
Plan-It Earth aims to be an annual ideathon at Georgetown University that brings together sustainability students, experts, and practitioners to generate solutions to critical environmental challenges.
At the two-day event (scheduled for April 12-13, 2019), undergraduate and graduate students will form into small teams, get partnered with mentors, and be asked to "ideate" tech-enabled solutions that address global environmental sustainability challenges and promote the link between conservation and economic growth. They will then present their projects to judges and compete to win resources that can help launch their ideas.
Samantha hopes to build relationships with other fellows who have organized hackathon-style events or events centered on sustainable development so that the Plan-It staff can learn from other students and maybe make connections with potential keynote speakers or with organizations/companies that could sponsor Plan-It Earth. She also wants to learn about how data can be used to measure and track progress for the SDG indicators. Eventually, she aims to use the frameworks of SDGs 11, 12, 14, and 15, as well as other UN data tools, to define challenge statements for Plan-It's competition tracks.
Apart from Plan-It, Samantha is also interested in sustainable cities. She hopes to support and learn from fellows who are working on clean energy, urban planning, and waste management within megacities.
Samantha hails from San Antonio, TX, and is a senior at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service studying international energy and environmental policy. She is passionate about climate change mitigation, environmental conservation, and global gender equity. She aims to channel these passions into a career in sustainable development, tackling issues like clean energy grid integration, urban waste management, and business innovation.