Millennium Fellows

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.

Rollins students on a field study in the Dominican Republic.

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.

Rollins students on a field study in Rwanda.

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.

Rollins field study in Apopka with the Hope CommUnity Center

Outstanding Outcomes

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.

Muniba Khan

“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.”

Muniba Khan ’20

Millennium Fellow

Software Engineering Analyst, Accenture

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.

My Rollins Gateway: A Study in Contrasts

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.

Shannon Sullivan ’20

My Rollins Gateway: Ready for Anything

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.

A college student pushing a wooden wheelbarrow barefoot along a dirt path.

Champions for Change

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.

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