|Clinton Global Initiative expands|
Former President Bill Clinton has announced that the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will expand its work to college and university campuses through CGI U, a youth-focused meeting that will bring together students, academics, and social, political, and cultural leaders to discuss pressing issues and ways to bring about global action to solve them. The inaugural meeting of CGI U will take place March 14-16 at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Students who wish to attend the meeting can apply online through www.cgiu.org. There is no cost to attend CGI U and some travel assistance is available.
Similar to the Clinton Global Initiative annual meetings held each year in New York City, CGI U will inform and motivate a new generation of young people to act on urgent challenges focusing on the following areas: energy and climate change, global health, poverty alleviation, and peace and human rights. At this meeting, CGI U will: identify, cultivate, and engage college students to make tangible commitments to tackle global issues; challenge universities to organize research and service-oriented commitments in targeted areas; introduce and promote CGI’s work and mission to a new, younger audience; and connect students, organizations, and university administrators around the world with others working on similar issues.
CGI U will consist of plenary sessions and panel and group discussions that will give students the opportunity to ask questions of panelists, develop ideas and form commitments. Before the event’s closing, students will be asked to make a commitment to do something – big or small – to improve the world. Students will also have the chance to participate in a day-long service project sponsored by CGI U. Students who are unable to attend CGI U will have the opportunity to view all of the sessions through a live webcast via www.cgiu.org. The web site will also act as a portal for students to submit their commitments. This section of site will launch concurrently with the CGI U meeting in New Orleans.
The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation that brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI has approximately 1,000 members, diverse and influential leaders from all over the world, who make tangible commitments to create or support projects within CGI’s areas of focus. During the three-day annual meeting, attendees participate in workshops and meetings focused on four main topics: global health, education, poverty alleviation, and energy and climate change. Attendees are required to make specific commitments to address one of the topics and report back to President Clinton on the progress made throughout the course of the year. Attendees who do not make or keep their commitment will not be invited to attend future meetings. For more information, please visit: www.cgiu.org or www.clintonglobalinitiative
-- Terry Erickson, Career Services and Cooperative Education Coordinator, Career Services.