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.
“My project stems from the exact conflicts I had in higher education entering an elite university as a low-income, first-generation college student. My goal is to problem solve for the next generation and that’s starts with addressing my university. I am excited to connect with other students on my campus who are similar minded and supportive as we embark to guide an 100+ year old institution’s mind on educational values.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
Social Emotional Learning in the Ivory Tower is an initiative that aims to reform Cornell University’s orientation and first-year programs to include social emotional learning theories thereby increasing student retention and satisfaction, especially in vulnerable student populations. Zelia and her team would like to expand the interactions of orientation groups on campus beyond Orientation Week and implement frameworks used in other colleges that prioritize intercultural dialogue and understanding, following Academic Impact principles “intercultural dialogue” and “education for all.”
Cornell is currently undergoing a redefining of its values and in this next semester, Zelia hopes to lead the university from the student perspective to create an identity that is community and emotionally progressive by first reforming the new student experience in orientation. For the students’ well-being and for the world that they enter after college, personal-growth and understanding is the future of “quality education” and “good health & wellbeing.”
About the Millennium Fellow
Zelia Gonzales is a third-year student at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY studying Industrial and Labor Relations. After years of community organizing her advocacy has broadened as she has realized issues are more and more systemic. Zelia plans to use her degree and experience in Labor, American Studies, and Education to pursue teaching secondary and adult learners and eventually entering political office. Her educational philosophy is strongly influenced by project, cultural, and art -based learning in and out of a formal classroom setting.