CGI U Events

Student Meeting

Students accepted into the CGI U program receive an invitation to attend the annual CGI U meeting, a 3-day conference hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on a different college campus each year. The meeting convenes hundreds of student commitment-makers, alumni, university representatives, topic experts, and high-profile individuals to discuss how to turn ideas into action and address the world's most pressing challenges. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CGI U is currently only hosting virtual events.

Most recently, CGI U hosted CGI U 2020 "At Home" — our first-ever virtual convening that brought together leaders in public health, government, and philanthropy and students from around the world to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the full video stream at

The primary components of the meeting include:

  • Plenary Sessions: CGI U’s largest sessions featuring President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton that highlight key themes of the annual meeting and a broad range of topics, such as freedom of expression around the world to the power of big data.

  • Breakout Sessions: These smaller sessions provide students with the opportunity to hear from topic experts in CGI U’s five focus areas and engage students with the skills needed to develop their commitment.

  • Office Hours: Students connect directly with program participants and special guests in small group settings, allowing students to ask follow up questions, share their own personal stories and thoughts, and seek specific advice on their commitments.

  • Student Networking: An opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow CGI U students within specific keyword groups.

  • Exchange Fair: A forum for students to showcase their Commitments to Action. This exhibition is an ideal opportunity to learn about commitments, explore partnerships, and network with other participants. 

  • Day of Action: CGI U hosts a morning of community service with select partner organizations in the host university area.

Past Meetings:

Since the first annual meeting at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008, CGI U has brought together thousands of students from across the world to a different university and city each year.

CGI U 2018
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

CGI U 2017
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

CGI U 2016
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

CGI U 2015
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

CGI U 2014
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

CGI U 2013
Washington University
St. Louis, MO

CGI U 2012
George Washington University
Washington, DC

CGI U 2011
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

CGI U 2010
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

CGI U 2009
University of Texas
Austin, TX

CGI U 2008
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA