Today, we're featuring one of the awesome delegates that will be joining us in October at the Millennium Campus Conference, Meghan Gillis!
Meghan is a student at Tufts University where she's an active member in the Engineer Without Borders chapter.
Meghan majors in International Relations with a concentration in international economic development and minors in Economics. As part of the EWB group, she's part of the community relations group, which develops strategies for our travel team to engage with the community they're living in. Outside of academia, Meghan actively pursues opportunities to make an impact. She has completed a research internship with the MicroCapital monitor where she was published over 20 times. In addition, she interned with the Archimedes Project, a grassroots organization fighting cholera in Haiti.
She believes that her most meaningful accomplishment was her fellowship with Community Water Solutions where she installed a water sanitation center and led a women's empowerment project in rural Ghana. During these three amazing weeks, Meghan was able to really make a difference in the local community. She says this was one of the most incredible experiences of her life. "It opened my eyes up to just how important simple things like a chlorine tablet can be, and how empowering women and giving them the ability to make a small profit that in turn will go towards their children's education is just the sort of solution that could end poverty," she said. This experience also gave her important leadership skills that she will use to continue making a difference in the world.
On why she wants to be part of MCC2014, she says: "I think that MCC2014 is an extremely important opportunity for me to meet others committed to fighting poverty worldwide, who share my passion for sustainable development solutions, and who are the next generation of global leaders. I am very interested in starting my own non-profit in Ghana that fights hunger and malnutrition, and this conference would give me a chance to connect with others who could advise me and also join me. I welcome the opportunity to meet with others who will inspire me, and to hopefully inspire others as well. On a more basic level, I feel like I am a thoughtful and creative individual that could contribute meaningfully to discussions and to the exciting environment during the conference. I am extremely passionate and committed, and I think this would be an incredible experience for me to develop as a leader and be a part of a global network of innovators and changemakers. I would be honored and thrilled to be selected for participation in MCC2014."
Meghan, as well as many other student leaders from across the globe, will be joining us this October 10-12th, 2014 at the 6th Annual Millennium Campus Conference. There, he and other students will be exchanging ideas and talking about how to achieve the UN Millennium Goals. in addition, he will be able to attend keynote speeches by influential people such as Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Paul Farmer, among others. Apply now!