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.

About the Global Learning Hub at UC Davis

Through the Global Learning Hub, each and every UC Davis student can find global learning opportunities available on campus, in the region, and across all seven continents. The hub’s network of local and global academic, experiential, and leadership programs helps develop capacity for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to engage with global issues and make a difference in the world as the next generation of global problem solvers. Search all global learning opportunities available at UC Davis.

As a part of Global Affairs, the Global Learning Hub aims to inspire global curiosity, understanding, and engagement.