Pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and share his powerful words today.
Nelson Mandela's unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that the dream of a just society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way towards it.
As Mandela said in his extraordinary 2005 speech in London's Trafalgar Square, 'Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.'
And he ended his speech with a call that moves us still.
'Sometimes,' Mandela said, 'it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.'
One way to honor Nelson Mandela's memory is to share those words to prove every day that this generation can be the great one that ends extreme poverty.
The application is now open.
The deadline for applying is January 17th.
Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Virginia are invited to apply to attend the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University conference, which will be held March 22-23 at Arizona State University.
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 46 colleges around the world in five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
To attend the meeting, students, either individually or in groups, must apply by creating a Commitment to Action. These commitments should be new ideas that address social or environmental challenges on campuses, in communities or in different parts of the world.
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 ended November 22nd, may also get financial support for travel from U.Va.
Once in Arizona, 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 4,000 Commitments to Action, and more than $1 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers. Examples of past successful projects include the creation of a culturally appropriate financial literacy program for the Somali and Somali-Bantu community in Lewiston, Maine.
Speakers for this year’s conference will be announced at a later date. Last year’s speakers included Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, rights activist Muhammad Yunus, and comedian Stephen Colbert.
Join us at the CGI U Info Meeting
December 4th, 2013
Open Grounds Corner Studio, 1400 W Main Street
5:30PM: Introduction to the Clinton Global Initiative University opportunities at UVa - CGIU Liaison, Professor Garrick Louis
6:00PM: Webinar with CGIU
6:30PM: Q&A/Breakout discussion
Dinner will be provided from Mellow Mushroom. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.