Agenda

 
Registration

7:30 AM -

 8:00 PM


 
Breakfast

8:15 AM -

 8:45 AM


 
Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:00 AM


Turning Economic Obstacles into Opportunity

 
Skill Sessions

10:30 AM -

 12:00 PM


Building an Organization

This session will be geared towards an audience whose commitments are more developed and ready to be scaled up to the next level. These discussions will address long-term strategy, donor relations, liabilities, fundraising, staffing, and other factors relevant to building and sustaining a long-term commitment or organization.

Participants:

Dan Morrison, Founder & Executive Director, 1Well
Victor Roy, Executive Director, GlobeMed

 

Media and Marketing

This session will explore a wide range of successful media and marketing strategies for CGI U commitment-makers. The two key themes addressed at this session will include traditional marketing and media strategies and successful new media and digital organizing strategies. The session will include hands-on workshops where students will practice how to pitch their commitment to journalists and devise their own outreach plans.


 

Putting your commitment into action

This session will focus on creating a practical, step-by-step strategy to bring CGI U commitments from vision to action. Former CGI U commitment-makers will guide attendees through the process of making a successful commitment, while discussing partnership building, fundraising opportunities, and other relevant resources needed to develop a commitment.


 
Working Sessions

10:30 AM -

 12:00 PM


How the Environment Affects Health

Global Health

The relationship between human health and the environment is dynamic and rapidly evolving. Much of the future of public health is intertwined with environmental issues in many low-income countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 35% of the total disease burden is caused by environmental hazards. Yet, many of the 13 million deaths worldwide from environmental hazards can be prevented each year simply by implementing small changes in local communities. Panelists will discuss how to control environmental factors that impact health and identify ways to contribute to the development of health-supportive environments around the world.

Participants:

Luz Claudio, Chief, Division of International Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Yongjun Heo, Student, Swarthmore College
Evan Thomas, Vice-Chairman, Humanitarian Projects, Manna Energy Foundation
Doug Ulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lance Armstrong Foundation
Gary White, Executive Director and Co-Founder, WaterPartners

 

Leveraging Technology to Alleviate Poverty

Poverty Alleviation

Access to information has been shown to boost productivity and create economic growth. Yet only five percent of Africans have access to an Internet connection. This panel will examine how we can use the proliferation of new technologies to create opportunities at the base of the pyramid. For example, mobile phones are enabling individuals who have never stepped foot in a bank to receive funds, build savings, and make payments. Student groups are leveraging the foresight, entrepreneurship, and adaptability of early users to reduce poverty and bridge the digital divide between the developed and developing world.

Participants:

Esra’a Al Shafei, Founder and Director, MideastYouth.com, FreeKareem.org
Ken Banks, Founder, kiwanja.net
Sean Foote, Partner, Labrador Ventures
Kamal Quadir, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CellBazaar

 

Raising Hope: Taking Action to Protect and Empower Women

Peace and Human Rights

Whether it’s sexual trafficking, forced labor, or rape, women and young girls face grave human rights abuses in both the developing and the developed world. The U.S. Department of State estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 people–mostly women and children–are trafficked across national borders annually. Rape is used as a weapon of war to humiliate, punish, and destroy communities. Women in the developed world still face pay and participation discrimination. Yet women’s rights and empowerment is not a topic for women only. This panel will discuss these abuses and provide tools for student action to end violence and discrimination against women.

Participants:

Ángel Cabrera, President, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Uzodinma Iweala, Medical Student, Columbia University
Christine Karumba, Country Director, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Women for Women International
Somaly Mam, President, Somaly Mam Foundation, Acting for Women in Distressing Situations (AEFSIP)
May Yu, Project Manager, 1Well

 

Targeted Actions with Big Impacts: Seeding Climate Solutions on Campus

Energy and Climate Change

The world is eagerly anticipating next steps by the United States on climate change. Both the new president and Congress have voiced strong support for carbon cap-and-trade legislation and for a “green” stimulus. These high-level steps can have a far-reaching impact on global warming. However, meaningful action is being taken every day by innovators, entrepreneurs, and community organizers. This session will highlight successful student-led projects, and examine the potential to scale-up these efforts for greater impact. From greening campus buildings to jump-starting new clean energy technologies, panelists will examine how every student can take action to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants:

Jessica Bailey, Program Officer, Sustainable Development, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.
Rachel Barge, Executive Director, Campus InPower
Elizabeth Coleman, President, Bennington College
Carlos Rymer, Graduate Student, Columbia University

Commitment Announcements:

Participants:

Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature

 

Visionary Leadership in Education and Social Change

Education

In the United States, the zip code where a child is born is the single greatest factor in predicting their educational outcomes and life prospects. The 1990s saw a new era of leaders set forth the vision that every child possesses a unique set of intellectual gifts, and these leaders started a grassroots effort to challenge inequities in school districts around the country. Their experience demonstrated the critical importance of young leaders’ deep engagement with students to address challenges as complex as the communities they serve. This panel will share their experiences and lessons critical to the success of future social change agents in education.

Participants:

Adena D. Loston, President, St. Philip’s College
Lizzy Dupont, Student, The University of Texas at Austin
Huw Ivor McDonald, Founding Service Leader, City Year South Africa
Diana Meyer Soliz, Assistant Principal and Director of High School Placement, KIPP Houston

 
Special Event

12:30 PM -

 2:00 PM


Meet-ups Lunch & CGI U Exchange

Working Session Rooms and Ballroom D (respectively)

<strong>Meet-ups</strong> are a unique interactive opportunity for CGI U attendees to network and learn from each other. Upon entering the room, all students will pick up colored tags which will list both skills that they want to gain and knowledge that they have to offer. Participants will then circulate throughout the room to share ideas on a wide range of topics including fundraising, working overseas, and campus partnerships.

<strong>CGI U Exchange</strong> is a forum for students, universities, and youth organizations to showcase their projects and accomplishments at the CGI U Meeting. This exhibition event is an ideal opportunity to learn about commitments, explore partnerships, and network with other members. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend CGI U Exchange and can gain entry with a member credential badge.


 
Skill Sessions

2:30 PM -

 4:00 PM


Building an Organization

This session will be geared towards an audience whose commitments are more developed and ready to be scaled up to the next level. These discussions will address long-term strategy, donor relations, liabilities, fundraising, staffing, and other factors relevant to building and sustaining a long-term commitment or organization.

Participants:

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
Mark Hanis, Executive Director and Founder, Genocide Intervention Network

 

Media and Marketing

This session will explore a wide range of successful media and marketing strategies for CGI U commitment-makers. The two key themes addressed at this session will include traditional marketing and media strategies and successful new media and digital organizing strategies. The session will include hands-on workshops where students will practice how to pitch their commitment to journalists and devise their own outreach plans.

Participants:

Victoria Nastri, Manager, University Relations, mtvU
Courtney Spence, Founder and President, Students of the World

 

Putting your commitment into action

This session will focus on creating a practical, step-by-step strategy to bring CGI U commitments from vision to action. Former CGI U commitment-makers will guide attendees through the process of making a successful commitment, while discussing partnership building, fundraising opportunities, and other relevant resources needed to develop a commitment.

Participants:

Scot Frank, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, One Earth Designs
Morgan Goodwin, State Organizer, Sierra Student Coalition

 
Special Event

2:30 PM -

 4:00 PM


Empowering Global Citizens: The Responsibility of Universities and Non-profit Organizations in Shaping the Next Generation of Leaders

Special Session for University Presidents and National Youth Organization Leaders

In order to better engage university presidents and foster cooperation with national youth organizations, this session will highlight the collaborative potential between these two constituencies. Through innovative research, program development, and service initiatives, this session will explore ways that these sectors can work together to develop creative and effective solutions to pressing global challenges.

Participants:

Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature
Verna Fowler, President, College of Menominee Nation
Marvalene Hughes, President, Dillard University
Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami
Nathaniel Whittemore, Director, Center for Global Engagement

 
Working Sessions

2:30 PM -

 4:00 PM


Education in Emergencies and Reaching Marginalized Groups

Education

More than 27 million children and youth affected by armed conflict, including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), do not have access to formal education. If we are to reach the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education, we must reach this largely ignored group of potential students. This panel will share effective strategies for reaching children, youth, and refugee communities affected by conflict and natural disaster. It will also consider how to provide emergency educational resources to institutions that reach children with special needs in conflict settings.

Participants:

Rima Abushakra, Program Officer, Zakira
Ryan Burgess, Education Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Mary Mendenhall, Lead Consultant, INEE Global Consultation
Jason Russell, Co-Founder, Invisible Children

 

From Global to Local: Hidden Successes, Emerging Opportunities: The Battle Against Infectious Diseases

Global Health

Infectious diseases remain the world’s leading cause of death, killing some 17 million people each year. Furthermore, shifting social and environmental conditions threaten many recent gains in the struggle to control them. Yet, there is hope on the horizon: new science and technologies for tackling infectious disease are emerging. Researchers recently announced a promising breakthrough candidate in their quest for a malaria vaccine. Community health workers now use mobile phones to detect disease outbreaks. Low-cost rapid diagnostic tests can quickly identify infections. This session will discuss a number of exciting developments in this field and explore how students can harness their creativity and their universities’ resources to win the war against infectious diseases.

Participants:

Ricardo Baruch, Member of the Board, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS
Osman Mansoor, Senior Advisor, UNICEF
Karen Palacio, Program Officer, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sabine Vaccine Institute
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Institute for Global Health Technologies; Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University

 

Human Development as Urban Development in City Slums

Poverty Alleviation

In 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed the number in rural areas. By 2020, almost half a billion people are expected to live in an urban slum. Although they are hubs of activity and economic resources, inequality in cities is especially stark. Moving forward, we can forge a new path of smart growth that will incorporate environmental standards and improve quality of life. And by supporting entrepreneurship, we can stimulate individual growth. Leading the way, students are pioneering pilot projects and applying their insights to identify solutions in their own communities and beyond.

Participants:

Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College
Fatimah Muhammad, Manager, Welcoming Center West, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Robert Neuwirth, Author
Farouk Rabiu Braimah, Executive Director, People’s Dialogue on Human Settlements; Coordinator, Slum Dwellers International

 

Spotlight on Youth: The Rights of Children

Peace and Human Rights

Children have the same basic human rights as adults, but throughout the world, they are frequently denied these rights. They are recruited as child soldiers, denied access to education, and sexually abused. In over 20 nations, an estimated 200,000-300,000 children are serving as soldiers for both rebel groups and government forces in armed conflicts. Across the world, children miss out on an education because they are forced to work, face violence, or don’t have enough money to go to school. This panel will explore effective ways that students and universities can work to restore full human rights to children.

Participants:

Robert A. Corrigan, President, San Francisco State University
Ishmael Beah, President, Ishmael Beah Foundation; Advocate, UNICEF
Beatrice Biira, Graduate Student, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Luke Russert, Correspondent at Large, NBC News
Mariela Scazziotti, Children’s and Women’s Rights Activist, FOCO-CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

 

The University as Laboratory: Towards Carbon Neutral Communities

Energy and Climate Change

Universities are leading incubators for new theory, policy, and technology. Nowhere is this more evident than in efforts to confront global warming. Green buildings, free bike share programs, mixed-use developments, and increased public transit are propelling campuses toward carbon neutrality. This session will look at some of the most powerful examples, and examine how those strategies are being implemented on a larger scale in towns and cities across the globe.

Participants:

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Student, Macalester College, Founder, Clean Energy Revolving Fund (CERF)
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Associate Professor, Director of the Architecture Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jacqueline Johnson, Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Morris
Dieter Salomon, Lord Mayor, City of Freiburg

 
Special Event

4:30 PM -

 5:00 PM


CGI U Exchange

CGI U Exchange is a forum for students, universities, and youth organizations to showcase their projects and accomplishments at the CGI U Meeting. This exhibition event is an ideal opportunity to learn about commitments, explore partnerships, and network with other members. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend CGI U Exchange and can gain entry with a member credential badge.


 
Closing Plenary Session

6:00 PM -

 7:00 PM


Summation & Closing Address

President Bill Clinton will deliver his closing address while highlighting the accomplishments of the meeting and promoting opportunities for further action.

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Nnamdi Asomugha, Humanitarian, Oakland Raiders Cornerback, The National Football League
Matthew McConaughey, Actor/Producer, Owner, j.k. livin
Marie Tillman, Chairman of the Board, Pat Tillman Foundation

 
Special Event

7:30 PM -

 9:30 PM


Dinner Reception