The 10th annual CGI U meeting took place on October 13-15, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting brought together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, over $750,000 in funding was available to select CGI U 2017 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

Student attendees had the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events which enabled them to network with their peers, build skills, and identify potential partners. The program featured dozens of topic experts, university representatives, and celebrities who joined students at CGI U to discuss effective solutions to some of world’s most pressing challenges. During the last day of the meeting, attendees took part in a Day of Action in the local community.


Madeleine K. Albright

Former Secretary of State; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Chair, National Democratic Institute, Albright Stonebridge Group and National Democratic Institute

President Bill Clinton

Founder, Clinton Foundation; 42nd President of the United States

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Daryl Davis

Musician/Race Relations Expert, Lyrad Productions

Paul E. Farmer

Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, Partners In Health; Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital

David Gergen

Faculty Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Olympic Medalist, Activist, and Entrepreneur, Louella

Amanda Nguyen

Founder and CEO, Rise



Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university that pushes learning and discovery far beyond the boundaries of classroom and campus. This distinctive approach is built on a tradition of actively engaging the university community with industry and nonprofit partners around the world. Northeastern is a recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world’s most far-reaching and innovative cooperative education program. Northeastern offers students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning with more than 3,000 employers in 136 countries and on all continents, including Antarctica. The same spirit of engagement guides a use-inspired research enterprise that integrates faculty across disciplines to solve global challenges. Its regional campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle; Silicon Valley; and Toronto are platforms for flexible professional learning programs, undergraduate and graduate experiential opportunities, and industry research partnerships.