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Furman students named Millennium Fellows

Eighteen Furman University students have been named Millennium Fellows through United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network.

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.

The Millennium Fellowship convenes, challenges and celebrates student leadership that advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on campuses worldwide.

Students from 285 campuses across 57 nations applied to join the leadership program’s Class of 2018. Thirty campuses worldwide (just 11 percent) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year. Aimed at creating social change in their communities, Millennium Fellows are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide in the coming year with their projects.

The 2018 Millennium Fellows at Furman are:

Juhee Bhatt (York, South Carolina)
Laurin Bixby (Greencastle, Pennsylvania)
Rachel Campbell-Baier (St. Helena Island, Massachusetts)
Rosemary Coskrey (Lexington, South Carolina)
Davis Cousar (Anderson, South Carolina)
Amelia Davidson* (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Sarah Drake (Maryville, Tennessee)
Payton Isner (Candler, North Carolina)
Imani-Grace King (Greenville, South Carolina)
Christy Litz (Marietta, Georgia)
Amelia Miles (Pauline, South Carolina)
Renee Neves (Danbury, Connecticut)
Jenny Par (Greenville, South Carolina)
Mary Pazdan (Greenville, South Carolina)
Ronald Rogers (Taylors, South Carolina)
Luz Ruiz (Greenville, South Carolina)
Sean Thompson (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Natalie Tikhonovsky* (Marietta, Georgia)
*Denotes Campus Director

Each student applied with a project that relates to the United Nations SDGs. The program provides students training, networking and recognition needed to help elevate the social impact of their projects. It also offers an alumni network for students following the completion of the one-semester fellowship.

Said Shi Center for Sustainability Program Coordinator Hannah Dailey, “We are very proud of these students for taking the initiative to work on these projects, and we are excited they’ll have access to an international network of leaders.”

While the program began in 2013, this year marks the first time students from Furman have applied. Furman junior Natalie Tikhonovsky spearheaded the effort with support from Furman’s Shi Center for Sustainability.

For more information, visit www.millenniumfellows.org/furman. Or, contact Hannah Dailey, Program Coordinator, David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at 864-294-3680 and hannah.dailey@furman.edu.

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