The 11th annual CGI U meeting took place on October 19-21, 2018 at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. 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, Resolution Project, Commitments Challenge, and other opportunities, over $750,000 in funding was available to select CGI U 2018 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.



Muzoon Almellehan

Goodwill Ambassador, UNICEF

President Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Helene Gayle

CEO & President, Chicago Community Trust

Mai Khoi

Independent Artist and Activist

D'Angelo McDade

Executive Director, Peace Warrior Organization at North Lawndale College Prep

Wai Wai Nu

Executive Director, Women's Peace Network

Astrid Silva

Executive Director, DREAM Big Nevada


The University of Chicago is a private, nonprofit urban research university in Chicago, Illinois that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Its commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to its global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world. The University of Chicago’s student engagement efforts for CGI U 2018 have been coordinated by the Office of the Provost, in partnership with Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Campus and Student Life, UChicago’s Institute of Politics, the Harris School of Public Policy, the School of Social Service Administration and the Office of Civic Engagement. Through the Rustandy Center, the University is continuing to expand support for students, alumni and faculty who are committed to tackling complex social and environmental challenges.