Rollins is one of a select number of college campuses worldwide that offers the Millennium Fellowship, an esteemed leadership development program that advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The program is presented in collaborations with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative and the Millennium Campus Network (MCN). Students work on their individual projects in a cohort, over the course of a semester and under the guidance of two student-mentors and a faculty advisor. Not only does the program provide participating students with the chance to engage with an international cohort of big thinkers and sustainability experts, but it gives them the tools to put their ideas into action.
Big Goals, Resounding Principles
In their application, students propose a project that aligns with one or more of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal and one UNAI principle. The goals were adopted by the U.N. to provide a framework for ending poverty, furthering sustainable development to protect the planet, and ensuring a brighter future for citizens worldwide. The goals and principles align with Rollins’ mission to build a better world and a brighter future for everyone.
An Extension of Expertise
The U.N. goals and principles align with Rollins’ mission to build a better world and a brighter future for everyone. It’s all about applying interdisciplinary knowledge to solve problems. Millennium Fellows take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to their projects in an extension of their coursework and UNAI goals.
For her project, Mary Vickers ’20 addressed the Sustainable Development Goal of reduced inequalities under the United Nations Charter UNAI goal. Her work examining immigration enforcement policies are impacting the daily lives of low-income immigrants in Central Florida netted her a professional publication through the Rollins Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Project.
“If you have an idea that you feel can make a difference through social innovation, you're definitely not alone. Look around you at the people in your Rollins community. You’ll soon find an incredible amount of support from professors, staff, and peers excited to work hand in hand with you to make the world a better place.”
Check out the Millennium Fellows in action
Strong leadership, problem solving skills, and an empathetic outlook are all hallmarks of a Millennium Fellow. See how our students are pioneering projects for change and impacting communities worldwide.
May 12, 2022
From discovering the origins of centuries-old paint samples to curating exhibitions at the Rollins Museum of Art, the College provided Isaac Gorres ’21 the freedom to combine interests in art and science.
August 11, 2020
As an incoming student, Shannon Sullivan ’20 feared anything less than perfect grades and perfect plans. Today, she views change as inevitable—and as her ally for life.
March 06, 2019
A prestigious leadership development program backed by the United Nations is putting Rollins students on the front lines of today’s most challenging issues.
A Campus Committed to Change
Rollins is one of just 42 colleges in the world to earn Ashoka U’s Changemaker Campus designation, which recognizes the leading institutions in social innovation and changemaking.