I had the chance to attend the 2016 spring meetings and civil society forum by the world bank group and IMF, which took place between April 15 and April 17 in Washington DC. It was a great experience through which I had the chance to meet great people from all over the world who are trying to make changes in the societies...
Our six phenomenal Global Campaigns Leaders were invited to speak at NYU's United Nations Global Initiative Program exactly 200 days after the campaigns launched at MCC15 at the United Nations Headquarters.
My experience as a Millennium Fellow has been one of partnerships above paternalism. In every endeavor I have undertaken thus far in my fellowship at the Millennium Campus Network (MCN), I entered knowing that I was working within dynamic collaborations, and with tremendous support from powerful, capable allies.
Act locally, think globally. I remember the first time hearing this phrase back in elementary school, and it has stuck with me since. I am now in my fourth year at Northeastern University, dual majoring in International Affairs and Economics, with a minor in Spanish. Everything I have accomplished so far is based on my passion for helping others, putting smiles on the many faces I meet everyday, and positively changing the world around me in one way or another.
Imagine a patch of garbage larger than the size of Texas floating in the the Pacific Ocean! Or a water bottle you can chew up right after a refreshing drink. All of these topics and more were covered during 10 by 2020’sNovember Global Ocean Forum. Dr. Mark Bond, a scientist, currently working at Florida International University, also joined the Webinar to tell us about his work with sharks and why they play such an important role in marine ecosystems around the world.
I've always been fascinated by what makes people happy. It helps to accomplish goals and feel successful, but happiness also stems from appreciating little joys in life and interacting with people we care about. Needs like shelter, food, health, and basic human rights are incredibly important to being able to appreciate the world around us; without them individuals are automatically put at a disadvantage in their pursuit of happiness.
Health in particular is interesting to me. A person's health is impacted by dozen of factors, ranging from individual choice to environmental conditions and genetics. Health is tied to their socioeconomic status, education level, geographic location and access to resources.
On January 19, 2016, the Millennium Campus Network hosted a webinar with AsylumConnect on Socially Impactful Technology. I am the Secretary for the AsylumConnect team, which is a part of the Millennium Campus Network’s Peace Campaign. We had two fantastic speakers for the webinar, both of whom are attuned to using technology to for social justice.
Timothy Baiya Michael is one of our incredible Remote Fellows. He is from the Kaduna State in Nigeria, specifically the Bajju tribe. Interested in engineering and technological innovation, Timothy holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kaduna Polytechnic Institute. He is currently enrolled at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria studying Industrial and Technology Education.
Timothy is a natural leader as he as served as the President of the Industrial and Technology Education Students Association and the Assistant General Secretary of the Kaduna State Students Association (Futminna Chapter), among others. When matriculating at the Federal University of Technology, Timothy wanted further engagement with student leadership, particularly in organizations dedicated to fostering new leaders. Future Generex became the perfect organization for him, as it is built around the ideals of student innovation, empowerment, and leadership, much like MCN. Timothy is now the President of this organization, and hopes to bring it to new heights in the upcoming year.
Kayle Valdez is a sophomore at Miami Dade Honors College, studying English and education. In the future, Kayle hopes to establish a middle school that no only focuses on academic education, but that is also rooted in world issues, grounded in an environment that encourages community involvement. As the Outreach Director of Human Rights Alliance at Miami Dade, Kayle has already demonstrated a passion for global issues and her unwavering dedication to more wide spread education regarding social issues...
Coming into MCC, I had nothing but a swirl of emotions running through my head. Excitement, for the wonderful people that I knew I would meet. Curiosity, to learn more about the amazing work these youth leaders were doing in their respective areas. Amazement, for I had the opportunity to spend a week discussing issues of global relevance at the UN. However, I was also fearful. As a student, I had an interest in many different topics, including public health, women’s empowerment, and community outreach. I was struggling to find a way to integrate my passions in a meaningful and impactful way to serve the greater community.
Lost in these thoughts, I went to different sessions at MCC hoping to meet others that were going through the same challenges that I was. One afternoon, I ended up just following some friends into a crowded workshop that I originally hadn’t planned on attending...