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Clinton Global Initiative University

Clinton Global Initiative University

The application is now open.
The deadline for applying is December 1st.
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Clinton Global Initiative University conference, which will be held March 6-8, 2015 at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Founded in 2007, the CGI U is an offshoot of former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together global leaders to address world dilemmas. CGI U is aimed at engaging the next generation of leaders around pressing global challenges. It engages more than 40 colleges around the world in five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

How You Can Participate

To attend the meeting, students, either individually or in groups, must apply by creating a Commitment to Action. These commitments should address specific challenges across CGI U's five focus areas. Commitments are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that can be small or large, local or global, financial or nonmonetary in nature.  

Garrick Louis, associate professor of systems engineering, is U.Va.’s liaison with the organization and will mentor U.Va. students during the application process.

Students whose projects are approved will receive seed funding from U.Va. Those who do not receive travel assistance from the CGI U in the early application process, which will end October 17th, may also get financial support for travel from U.Va.

Once in Florida, student leaders, topic experts, business and nongovernmental organization representatives and celebrities will brainstorm ideas, share best practices and develop action plans for the months ahead. According the CGI U website, since 2008, students have made more than 4,800 Commitments to Action, and more than $1 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers. UVA Commitments from 2014 included: “Chitenges for Change – Keeping Girls in School in Lusaka, Zambia;” “Salads & Smoothes Healthier Food Initiative in Charlottesville, VA;” “Field Testing of the MadiDrop in Limpopo, South Africa;” “Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership in New York City;” and Collaborative Community Water Education and Filter Initiative in San Gregorio, Guatemala.

In addition to former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, some of the speakers and panelists at the 2014 meeting were:Senator John McKain, Bill Drayton – CEO of the Ashoka Foundation, entertainer Jimmy Kimmel, Bunker Roy – Founder of the Barefoot College, Reeta Roy – CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, Jimmy Wales – Founder of Wikipedia, and Manal Al-Sharif – Right2Dignity and Blue Networks of Saudi Arabia.

For More Information

The Clinton Global Initiative University information meeting
September 10th
5:00-7:00 pm
Center for Global Health

Interested in Poverty Alleviation, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Global Public Health? Do not miss this opportunity to learn how to participate in the 2015 CGIU. Meet Professor Garrick Louis, SEAS, the UVA liaison to CGIU.

Clinton Global Initiative University Proposal Review Session
October 1st
5:00-7:00 pm
Open Grounds

Polish your proposals for the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University. Professor Garrick Louis, SEAS, the UVA liaison to CGIU and former CGIU participants will review proposals.

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