Next week, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will convene more than 1,000 student leaders from around the world at Arizona State University for the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting. CGI U—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—brings college and university students together to take action on local and global challenges. View the full meeting agenda and learn more at CGIU.org
Here are seven exciting aspects of this year’s meeting:
1. Opening Panel: The Age of Participation
On Friday, March 21, President Clinton will moderate a discussion with Senator John McCain, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and Shree Bose, the Harvard student who, at 17, won the Google Science Fair for her research on treatment for ovarian cancer. The conversation will look at how technology can be harnessed as a force for good, and how young people can work collectively to best address global challenges. You can watch the session live at live.cgiu.org at 9:30pm ET on March 21.
2. Hundreds of new Commitments to Action
Through the CGI model, all CGI U attendees make Commitments to Action—and this year’s “class” is making hundreds of new commitments to add to the more than 4,000 commitments from the past six years. Follow #CGIU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram throughout the meeting as students announce their commitments in real-time.
In addition, 32 student “teams” are competing in the 4th Annual Commitments Challenge to fundraise for their CGI U commitments. The first qualifying round runs through this Thursday, with the top 16 teams being seeded into a “bracket” competition that begins on Friday, March 14. Support your favorite CGI U commitment now.
3. Jimmy Kimmel at CGI U
Jimmy Kimmel, host and executive producer of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", will join the closing session of CGI U—and if you aren’t a student in attendance, you can watch exclusively at live.cgiu.org at 8:15pm ET on Saturday, March 22.
4. Coming in Second: Scaling What Works
On Saturday, March 22, Chelsea Clinton will lead a discussion on what it takes to scale up successful models that create positive change, instead of focusing on the generation of breakthrough ideas and innovations. Among the leaders joining her will be Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka, and Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza, founder of Village Heath Works. You can watch the session live at live.cgiu.org at 12pm ET on March 22.
5. Day of Action in Downtown Phoenix
On March 23, CGI U attendees will gather in downtown Phoenix for the Clinton Foundation’s ninth Day of Action. The morning of community service will be in collaboration with PHX Renews, a partnership between the City of Phoenix and Keep Phoenix Beautiful that aims to transform previously vacant lots in the city into vibrant and sustainable public spaces. To start the day, participants will hear from Mayor of Phoenix Greg Stanton, as well as former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, co-founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions. Follow #CGIU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates and highlights from the day.
Students at the 2013 CGI U Day of Action
6. The Future of Higher Education
On Saturday afternoon, a panel of leaders and innovators will explore the tools needed to create a more effective and accessible higher education system for the 21st century. Among those joining the discussion will be Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College, and Reeta Roy, president and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. You can watch the session live at live.cgiu.org at 4:45pm ET on March 22.
7. A Codeathon for CGI U Commitments
Building off the success of the Clinton Foundation’s Codeathon series, students will have the opportunity to participate in a codeathon in the lead up to the meeting, on Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21. The codeathon aims to spur innovation in the technology space and increase the scope, reach, and impact of CGI U Commitments to Action. The two-day session will challenge student developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U commitments that address education, global health, and water quality issues. Student designers and developers who will be at CGI U or attend ASU can apply now.