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Plenary Session

ON THE MOVE: CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

More than 250 million people live outside their country of birth, often bringing the high-level skills and knowledge that foster innovation and economic growth to their adopted communities. While the majority are migrants in search of new economic opportunities, wars, persecution, and climate change have forced more people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere than at any other time in recorded history. This influx has given rise to xenophobia, calls for tightening borders, and hostility towards those trying to rebuild their lives outside their communities of origin. Students and universities play an integral role in dispelling discrimination and negative perceptions by creating more supportive, socially-inclusive environments for refugees and migrants. In this session, panelists will explore how CGI U commitment-makers can:

• Improve the quality of immediate humanitarian assistance for refugees, while ensuring a safe and effective long-term refugee resettlement process,
• Equip refugees and migrants with access to capital and the necessary training to become successful entrepreneurs and innovators themselves, while convincing more people in host communities of the benefits of these measures, and
• Increase access to quality education worldwide, from Syrians in refugee camps to DREAMers on U.S. campuses.

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Rachel E. Rosenbloom, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Participants:

Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Chair, National Democratic Institute, Albright Stonebridge Group and National Democratic Institute
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Founder and CEO, Dreamers Roadmap
David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

 

MAKING IT: DESIGNING A HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Innovations in social media, mobile technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence have fundamentally transformed our lives and the way we interact with each other. By 2050, affordable housing could be built by 3D printers, drones could deliver clean water or life-saving medicines, and renewables could be our biggest energy source. Yet projections also point to a world where atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will have doubled since the pre-industrial era, where natural resources are strained by a population of almost 10 billion, where rising temperatures and a lack of sanitation increases the risk of tropical diseases, and where a growing climate refugee crisis threatens to create a generation of children deprived of the skills or opportunity to fulfill their potential. To address these existential challenges, a new generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative problem-solvers are developing new models for carbon neutrality, from residential solar to fuel-efficient transportation. They are harnessing the power of design to build responsive and resilient health delivery systems. In this session, panelists will explore how students and universities can:

• Establish courses, academic programs, labs, and maker-spaces focused on climate change and public health, where hands-on experience is required, unconventional thinking is encouraged, and collaboration is critical,
• Incentivize discovery, invention, and innovation among students through a wide range of seed funding challenges, pitch competitions, and mentorship opportunities, and
• Ensure that a culture of sustainable design is democratized across universities and geographies, rooted in full community participation and real-world results.

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Ayah Bdeir, Founder and CEO, littleBits
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
Lisa Jackson, VP, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple
Samantha Marquez, Innovator and Activist, Yale University
Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States
Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International

 
Closing Plenary Session

A closing conversation with President Clinton.

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation; 42nd President of the United States
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Rep. Joe Kennedy III, (D-Mass.)