30 April 2018

Global Partnership Elevates Student Leadership for Sustainable Development

30 April 2018 - The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Millennium Campus Network (MCN) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to convene, challenge, and celebrate student leadership advancing UN goals. Building on their combined 17 years of experience engaging institutions of higher education, MCN and UNAI are partnering on the Millennium Fellowship. The Class of 2018 application and details are online at millenniumfellows.org. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis through 15 July 2018.

The program is free and the application is open to undergraduate students in good standing. Student leaders who are making positive impact in community and advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ten principles of UNAI are encouraged to apply. Between admission in August and conclusion of the program in December 2018, cohorts of Millennium Fellows will convene locally on their respective campuses at least monthly to engage in the leadership development program. Fellows will be challenged by Campus Directors to share best practices and take collective action on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. Upon successful completion, each Millennium Fellow will receive recognition of completion for their Millennium Fellowship Project from MCN and UNAI. Together, MCN and UNAI are catalyzing a new generation of ethical leaders committed to strengthening communities and advancing UN goals.   

Through this partnership, MCN will ensure that all Millennium Fellows are aware of the ten UNAI principles, the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals, and align their work with these objectives. UNAI will be engaged in publicizing this partnership and program through its global network. Together, MCN and UNAI will jointly recognize Fellows’ contributions.

“On every campus and in every community, student leaders are committed to making positive contributions while committed to our ethos: empathetic, humble, inclusive leadership. Emerging leaders need requisite training, connections, and recognition to deepen their social impact as undergraduates and throughout their careers. Partnering with UNAI enables us to engage more students, providing a powerful framework to help them convene, take action, and elevate the important contributions they make,” shared Sam Vaghar, Executive Director and Co-founder of MCN.

“When we created the United Nations Academic Impact to foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility, we considered ‘intellect’ not as something remote or esoteric, but rather as a quality innate in every thinking individual. Our collaboration with MCN will allow students to demonstrate how the wisdom and thought they invest in their formal curriculum can be extended to a greater purpose of common good, lending their strengths to their communities and their world and, in turn, being enriched by them,” shared Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact.