On Thursday, Chelsea Clinton announced the University of Miami as the site for the eighth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world will gather March 6-8, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida to take action on some of the biggest social, economic, and environmental concerns of the Millennial generation.
Students enrolled at institutions of higher education can submit an application now. The early decision deadline is October 17; the final deadline is December 1.
Read on for more details on applying, attending, and launching your own innovative solutions while you’re still in school.
CGI UNIVERSITY: A HUB FOR YOUNG INNOVATORS
President Bill Clinton created the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage young people in addressing some of the most pressing global challenges facing their generation. Following the successful model of the CGI Annual Meeting, CGI U convenes college students – as well as renowned experts and civically-engaged celebrities – from around the world for a three-day meeting each spring. CGI U participants convene annually to make connections, share ideas, and develop their Commitments to Action: new and measurable plans to address specific problems in Education, Environment and Climate Change, Poverty Alleviation, Peace and Human Rights, and Public Health.
Since its launch, CGI U has convened more than 6,500 students from over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states. The videos below offer just a few examples of young people who have used CGI U to put their ideas into action.
Westminster College student Sahadev Rai provides war-torn areas with sustainable employment and educational opportunities
Makerere University student Charles Batte empowers 50 Ugandan young people to become self-employed entrepreneurs
University of Central Florida student Will Chorvat builds a solar-powered, portable DJ set
HOW TO APPLY
Students who are 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting can learn more at cgiu.org and apply via the online application. More than $500,000 in funding is already available for select students through the CGI University Network.
There are two application deadlines. If you are requesting travel and/or lodging assistance, you must submit your application by the early decision deadline, October 17, 2014. Otherwise, the final deadline is December 1, 2014.
If you have any questions about the application process, please call 212.710.4492 or email [email protected].
HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS: JOIN THE CGI UNIVERSITY NETWORK
The CGI University Network is a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs. More than 40 schools have already joined the University Network for 2015, pledging more than $500,000 to support student commitment-makers.
To join the CGI University Network, a university must provide a minimum of $10,000 in funding to CGI U student participants from its campus. These students and university representatives convene at the CGI U meeting to hear from experts, brainstorm ideas, and form partnerships that better guide their efforts. Students then return to their campuses and communities to turn their ideas into action with mentorship from their schools. Learn more about this opportunity here.