Millennium Fellows lead change for the better

Western Sydney University 'Class of 2019' Millennium Fellows

Western Sydney University students are participating in a semester-long Millennium Fellowship —an intensive leadership and advocacy program developed by the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As one of only two Australian universities participating in the initiative in 2019, the twelve students are being guided by The Academy, the university’s high-achieving program, as well as two Campus Directors, Michelle Boyle and Yasmin Hamd.

Co-Campus Director Michelle Boyle who studies the Bachelor of Psychology said: “The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to be part of something very innovative for the Western Sydney region. Fellows create their own innovations to tackle the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals which include reducing poverty, improving gender equality and encouraging climate change action.”

“We have the opportunity to explore a social impact career and what this may involve – together, we learn how to be better global citizens and how to create change in our region and further abroad.”

As well as working on individual projects addressing the goals, the Fellows have learnt a syllabus and have taken part in online ‘town hall’ gatherings, connecting and sharing ideas with 69 university communities from around the world.

“We have discussions and give peer support and feedback. We are all tackling the same Sustainable Development Goals, so we unite through our ideas and what we are wanting to achieve,” said Michelle.

Bachelor of Social Work student, Philip Craig, is one of four students working on a project to increase sustainability and improve mental health and wellbeing for students and staff in vertical campuses.

“I plan to promote mental health awareness by developing resources and workshops to combat stigma around mental health and develop mental health literacy among the University and the wider community. I’m currently collating research and data and aim to have some pilot workshops completed by the end of the year.”

The Class of 2019 Fellows will present their individual projects to the Millennium Campus Network in December.

To apply to be a 2020 Millennium Fellow, visit the website (opens in a new window).


28 November 2019

Ali Sardyga, Media Officer