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Alumni-Led Video Chats During COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, CGI U Alumni have generously offered to host video calls to help CGI U 2020 students and other members in the CGI U and Clinton Foundation network navigate the unforeseen challenges they are facing personally, academically, and organizationally.

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, join alumni leaders to discuss important topics around COVID-19 and the development of ongoing Commitments to Action. Join any of the following conversations (scroll down for full session descriptions and RSVP details):

  • Social Impact Resilience and Transformation: Tools for Emotional Resilience and Resources in Times of Isolation on March 30 at 3:30pm ET
  • Pandemics and 21st Century Inequality (and How to Bridge the Gap) on March 31 at 12:00pm ET
  • Online Social Justice Collaboration During the COVID-19 Crisis on March 31 at 1:00pm ET
  • Commitments Focused on Education and Empowerment on March 31 at 5:00pm ET
  • The Human Brain and Crises: How We Can Think and Feel Better During a Pandemic on April 1 at 12:00pm ET
  • Engaging Stakeholders and Supporters via Digital Organizing on April 2 at 11:00pm ET
  • COVID-19: Redefining Food and Water Security on April 2 at 12:00pm ET
  • COVID-19 Epidemic Update and Opportunities to Engage on April 2 at 2:00pm ET
  • Determining and Adjusting Your Commitment to Include Marginalized or Vulnerable Populations on April 2 at 4:00pm ET
  • From CGI U Student to Social Enterprise: Scale in 2 Years on April 3 at 9:00am ET
  • Africa Virtual Meet & Greet on April 5 at 11:00am ET
  • A Story of Grace and Ease on April 6 at 1:00pm ET
  • Establishing a Digital Communications Plan During a Crisis on April 6 at 4:00pm ET
  • Staying Productive During Work/Study From Home on April 8 at 5:00pm ET
  • The Art of Crafting an Opinion Piece on April 9 at 12:00pm ET
  • Set Yourself Up for Success: Personal and Professional Growth Are Not Canceled on April 9 at 8:00pm ET
  • Art as Therapy During Social Distancing on April 10 at 5:00pm ET - POSTPONED (DATE TBD)

Unable to join a video chat? Don't worry! Recordings and materials from sessions can be found here.


Video Chat Schedule and Details


Monday, March 30

Social Impact Resilience and Transformation: Tools for Emotional Resilience and Resources in Times of Isolation
Prior to the ongoing global crisis, social impact was a footnote to several industries regarding it as a merely 'do-gooder' aspect. During and in the wake of a crisis on multiple fronts, social impact is suddenly becoming the blueprint for business and industries. How can social impact be leveraged through the ongoing transformation in the era of social isolation, what challenges and opportunities does it present? On this call, Maria-Luiza will invite participants on a sharing circle for brainstorming new strategies and emotional coping mechanisms for resilient leaders. 

Hosted by: Maria-Luiza Popescu, Texas, U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 3:30pm ET / 2:30pm CT (Host Location)
Zoom Link for Video Call

For questions email Maria-Luiza at [email protected]


Tuesday, March 31

Pandemics and 21st Century Inequality (and How to Bridge the Gap)
During this call, members will look into theories of life changes, the roots of inequality, and how the current COVID-19 pandemic has been a mirror for societal inequalities in the 21st century. Pumla will aim to discuss different CGI U'ers perspectives on global approaches and innovative tools, that can be used to begin to address some of these inequalities to ensure that we bridge the gap.

Hosted by: Pumla Maswanganyi, South Africa Alumni Ambassador
Time: 12:00pm ET
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For questions email Pumla at [email protected]

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Online Social Justice Collaboration During the COVID-19 Crisis
This video call will give members an opportunity to discuss how to collaborate and coordinate support for online social justice opportunities during COVID-19. Chana hopes to connect members to work together on project(s) they choose and make a greater impact than they would as individuals.

Hosted by: Chana Wolfson, New York City, U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 1:00pm ET
Zoom Link for Video Call (Meeting ID: 461-492-004 Password: CGIU)

For questions email Chana at [email protected]

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Commitments Focused on Education and Empowerment
On this call, participants will be afforded a forum in which to share experiences, projects, aspirations, and challenges regarding their CGI U Commitments to Action. The discussion will center around educational initiatives in formal and informal settings, education for economic and community empowerment, and intervention projects involving all levels of education from kindergarten to university around the globe.

Hosted by: Francisco Vergara, Argentina Campus Representative
Time: 5:00pm ET
Zoom Link for Video Call

For questions email Francisco at [email protected]


Wednesday, April 1

The Human Brain and Crises: How We Can Think and Feel Better During a Pandemic
This video discussion will map out the psychological and neurological responses that humans experience in crisis situations, and identify some of the practical ways we can help ourselves to navigate these difficult experiences by looking into some of the research collected by experts in the field and how we can apply these tactics to simply, everyday self-care. 

Hosted by: Frank Fredericks, New York City, U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 12:00pm ET
Google Hangout Link for Video Call

For questions email Frank at [email protected]


Thursday, April 2

Engaging Stakeholders and Supporters via Digital Organizing
As the U.S. and the world grapples with COVID-19, digital spaces are growing - and for even longer periods of time than in the past. On this call, members will create a dialogue on the importance of digital organizing with successful, effective ways to engage stakeholders and supporters in order to build support and awareness of a student's Commitments to Action and of the CGI U program.

Hosted by: Carter Christensen, Washington D.C., U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 11:00am ET
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For questions email Carter at [email protected]

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COVID-19: Redefining Food and Water Security
The global pandemic has changed the way we think about society. With the quarantine and border closed, the discussion around water and food security is taking a new shape. Join Palash to discuss and share some of the issues that are becoming visible in different parts of the world and how we can think about post-COVID-19 scenarios.

Hosted by: Palash Ranjan Sanyal, Canada Alumni Ambassador
Time: 12:00pm ET
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For questions email Palash at [email protected]

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Brief COVID-19 Epidemic Update and Opportunities to Engage During the Pandemic
In this video call, there will be pandemic updates with numbers and information in regard to medical and scientific efforts to combat the spread of the virus. To bring light to the situation, Adriano will then introduce ways in which we can all jump in and help, allowing us to stay engaged and find a purpose amidst a worldwide pandemic.  

Hosted by: Adriano de Bernardi Schneider, Infectious Diseases Mentor
Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT (Host Location)
Zoom Link for Video Call

For questions email Adriano at [email protected]

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Determining and Adjusting Your Commitment to Include Marginalized or Vulnerable Populations
Using the framework of your commitment, this video call will assist in broadening our understanding of possible marginalized or vulnerable populations. Through discussion, members can collaboratively accommodate or modify their thinking processes to include broader access.

Hosted by: Hannah Ehrli, Florida, U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 4:00pm ET
Zoom Link for Video Call

For questions email Hannah at [email protected]


Friday, April 3

From CGI U Student to Social Enterprise: Scale in 2 Years
Two years ago, Josh attended CGI U and launched Unlocking Communities, a social enterprise that empowers communities in Haiti to start their businesses selling water filtration systems and clean-burning stoves. Unlocking Communities has reached over 4,000 people to date. In this interactive discussion, Josh will share about the Unlocking Communities model and discuss the lessons he has learned that will help you with your venture, specifically around funding, especially in this time of uncertainty.

Hosted by: Josh Goralski, CGI U '18 Alum
Time: 9:00am ET / 8:00am CT (Host Location)
Zoom Link for Video Call

For questions email Josh at [email protected]


Sunday, April 5

Africa Virtual Meet & Greet
Originally part of the CGI U Meet & Greet series, this video conversation will be an opportunity for all CGI U Africa-based members to connect.

Hosted by: Sarpong Hammond Antwi, Water & Sanitation Mentor
Time: 11:00am ET / 3:00pm GM (Host Location)
Zoom Link for Video Call

For questions email Hammond at [email protected]


Monday, April 6

A Story of Grace and Ease
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is facing unprecedented circumstances. Many are discouraged, sad, and even seriously ill. Tiki will bring light to our lives in this alumni-led discussion, quoting Brittany Candau to remind us all of the power we have: “You must always remember this: have courage and be kind. You have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole body. And it has power. More than you know.”    

Hosted by: Tiki Inacay, Access to Healthcare Mentor
Time: 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT (Host Location)
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For questions email Tiki at [email protected]

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Establishing a Digital Communications Plan in the Midst of Crisis
During a time when fear and anxiety is rampant worldwide, maintaining a communications and marketing plan can seem very trivial on the surface but developing a clear communication strategy surrounding your Commitment to Action is critical now, perhaps more than ever. This hour-long discussion will take you through some key strategies to help you navigate maintaining a connection with your community and still sustaining the integrity of your brand.

Hosted by: Candace Queen, Texas, U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT (Host Location)
Register for Video Call

For questions email Candace at [email protected]


Wednesday, April 8

Staying Productive During Work/Study From Home
As many transition from being in a classroom or in an office to working from home, join Samantha to discuss effective daily strategies for maintaining utmost productivity levels and positive mindsets during this time of physical distancing and social connection.

Hosted by: Samantha Wang, Washington D.C., U.S. Alumni Ambassador
Time: 5:00pm ET
WebEx Link for Video Call

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For questions email Samantha at [email protected]


Thursday, April 9

The Art of Crafting an Opinion Piece
Esther is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. She has over 100 pieces published in major media outlets including Scientific American, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. In this alumni-led video call, join Esther to learn the art of crafting an opinion piece. 

Hosted by: Esther Ngumbi, Agriculture Mentor
Time: 12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT (Host Location)
Zoom Link for Video Call

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For questions email Esther at [email protected]

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Set Yourself Up for Success: Personal and Professional Growth Are Not Canceled

COVID-19 is changing the course of our future indefinitely. But during an economic slowdown, it’s important to focus on what you can control—improving your skills and reaching out to your network. You can lay the groundwork now so that when the crisis is over you have opened doors and rekindled relationships. There are still opportunities out there, and you can still actively work on your job and/or internship search. Amada will share some tips that will help you navigate the process during the pandemic and the accompanying economic impact.

Hosted by: Amada Reyes, San Francisco Campus Representative
T
ime: 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT (Host Location)
Register for Video Call

For questions email Amada at [email protected]


Friday, April 10

Art as Therapy During Social Distancing
Colours, patterns and textures have a great impact on how the eye perceives surroundings. During this time of social isolation, it is important to make sure your surroundings are pleasing to the eye. This will be a time to create art together! Participants can learn on how to use everyday objects found in the house to create art. Ritu will talk about her experiences of teaching kids through arts and crafts and demonstrate some printing techniques.

Hosted by: Ritu Jadwani, Disabilities Mentor
Time: 5:00pm ET - POSTPONED (DATE TBD)

For questions email Ritu at [email protected]