Becker students selected for Millennium Fellowship
Published on: August 22, 2018
Becker College has been selected to participate in the Millennium Fellowship—a joint project by the Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a Boston-based non-profit, and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)—to help achieve the UN’s from Sustainable Development Goals.
UNAI is a United Nations initiative designed to align institutions of higher education with the United Nations and with each other. Each year, a select number of campuses worldwide are chosen to participate in the Millennium Fellowship. These institutions serve as incubators of new ideas, innovations and solutions to many global challenges.
Students from more than 280 campuses across 57 countries applied to participate, but only 30 institutions were picked to host a fellowship program. Becker is the only college in Worcester chosen to host a Millennial Fellowship Program. Twenty Becker College students were selected to participate.
“This fellowship program aligns with the philosophy and tenets of the Yunus Social Business Centre at Becker College, where we seek to solve social problems to transform lives,” said Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, Executive Director for Global Initiatives and the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College.
The Class of 2018 Millennium Fellows is comprised of more than 500 student leaders from around the globe who will spend next semester working toward the UN goals. Becker students will tackle projects that range from quality education (in partnership with Elm Park Community School); to healthy eating and refugee education (in partnership with Black Seed Farmers Market); and entrepreneurship and social business in Haiti (in partnership with Be Like Brit), as well as recycling and marine wild life conservation.
“This partnership enables us to engage more students, providing a powerful framework to help them convene, take action, and elevate the important contributions they make,” said Sam Vaghar, executive director of MCN, who received an Honorary Degree from Becker in 2018. “I congratulate Becker for its bold commitment to strengthen community and help make UN goals reality.”
The Becker College students participating in the program are: Hayley Barrett, Griffin Barrows, Joshua Bing, Christine Cordon, Annemarie Creager, Binta Diallo, Valerie Elizarraraz, Brianna Farber, Carolina Fialho, Nellyris Garcia, Katiya Graca, Alexy Lefebvre, Melissa Mau, Isaac Nze, Alissa Quaratiello, Alia Riley, Margaret Tremblay, Caitlyn Waddell, Faith Whitney, and Jessica Wu. Alissa and Jessica were chosen as the student leaders of the cohort.