Clinton Global Initiative University Network
What happens when you gather over 1,000 students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities who are all passionate about social change? Each year, Clinton Global Initiative University hosts a meeting to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. CGI U 2014 will take place at Arizona State University, March 21-23, 2014.
October 2013 - UAB Joins CGI U See press release
UAB is a new member of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network, a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor and provide seed funding to student innovators and entrepreneurs.
UAB students who want to participate can design and submit a project, called a Commitment to Action, in one of five of CGI U's focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The early decision deadline is November 22, 2013 and the final deadline and funding application deadline is January 17, 2014. With the help of campus mentors, the Office of Service Learning will guide UAB students through this process.
According to the CGI U website, a Commitment to Action must be a "new, specific, and measurable initiative that addresses social or environmental challenges on campuses, in communities, or in different parts of the world." Commitments have ranged from the creation of a low-cost solar charger for developing countries to implementing nutrition and literacy programs in New York, and from creating campus bike share programs to launching a website that maps institutionalized corruption in Mexico.
Commitments that are accepted to the CGI U Annual Meeting will be eligible for project and travel funding from UAB. Students worldwide come to the CGI U Annual Meeting to meet with subject matter experts and thought leaders to discuss and develop innovative solutions to global and local challenges. Students then return to their campuses and communities to turn their ideas into action. In April of 2013, over 1,000 students attended the CGI U Meeting at Washington University in St. Louis. The 2014 CGI U meeting will take place at Arizona State University March 21-23, 2014.
President Bill Clinton launched the CGI U Network in 2007 to engage the next generation of college campus leaders worldwide in developing plans and taking action to create positive change.