First-Ever UC Davis Millennium Fellows Creating More Awareness of UN Goals on Campus

Group photo of Millennium Fellows
UC Davis UN Millennium Fellows (L-R: Maria Arteaga, Aruna Henna Battan, Nehal Jain, Romae-Anne Geneston Aquino, Ranjot "Rina" Singh, Kavya Gayatri, Achyutuni, Esra Hawsawi, Amritpal Kaur, Liz McAllister, Xinyi (Renee) Hu, Iman Alani, Tiffany Pearl Trinh, Binwant Kaur, and Alina Kajley (on screen), with Nancy Erbstein (right), faculty member and director of Global Education for All.

In April 2017, United Nations Academic Impact, in partnership with Millennium Campus Network, launched the Millennium Fellowship, a selective undergraduate leadership development program that engages students in creating more awareness of and action upon the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at universities worldwide. Thanks to UC Davis’ selection as one of 30 campuses across the world to support Millennium Fellows through the 2018–19 academic year, 14 student leaders are gaining leadership and training opportunities and direct experience in advancing the SDGs—a collection of 17 goals that address global challenges—on campus. 

In alignment with the SDGs and UC Davis’ Global Education for All initiative—a Big Idea to provide 100% of students with global learning opportunities before graduation—the work of the Millennium Fellowship team in making the SDGs more visible on campus ultimately helped develop an inaugural Campus Global ThemeFood for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet. The goal of this biennial program is to identify a topic inspired by one or more SDGs and engage the entire UC Davis community through activities, events, discussions and endless other opportunities that emphasize the related global and cross-disciplinary dimensions. In the process, the multifaceted work of UC Davis’ people and programs are highlighted.

“Being selected as a Millennium Fellow is a fantastic achievement in and of itself,” said Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of Global Affairs. “These 14 student leaders have taken this opportunity and have done a phenomenal job in helping develop our first Campus Global Theme. They will continue to play a central role in getting students involved from across campus as we launch the program this winter.”

Nehal Jain, a managerial economics and design double major in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Ranjot "Rina" Singh, a triple-major in international relations, economics and Italian in the College of Letters and Science, each play a leadership role for the project at UC Davis as fellowship co-directors.

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About Global Affairs at UC Davis

Global Affairs brings the world to UC Davis, welcoming more than 10,000 international students, scholars and leaders, and hosting programs that inspire global curiosity, understanding and engagement. Compelled by the valuable outcomes of thinking globally, we make transformative opportunities a reality by supporting the thousands of students and faculty studying and researching internationally-and by facilitating collaborations that tackle the world's most pressing problems through more than 150 international partnerships.

Putting our vision of a UC Davis community that engages, thrives, and leads in this interconnected world into action, Global Affairs is now in pursuit of an ambitious goal: Global Education for All.