Photo Credit: Paul Morse / Clinton Global Initiative
Mar 07
March 7, 2015

Highlights from CGI University 2015


This week, CGI University (CGI U) 2015 brought together more than 1,000 students, representing more than 300 schools and over 75 countries, at the University of Miami. Attendees made 700 Commitments to Action: new, specific and measurable plans to address pressing challenges facing campuses and communities around the world. Commitments included efforts to increase girls and women’s inclusion in STEM fields; improve access to clean water in developing nations; provide rural communities with affordable sources of renewable energy; and increase nutritional options in food deserts.

Below are some of the meeting's highlights - view more moments from the meeting on CGI U's Twitter and Facebook pages, and watch full sessions at You can also view photos from CGI U on Flickr.

Friday, March 6

- Participants arrived on campus - see #CGIU social media highlights from day one on Storify.

- Chelsea Clinton judged the Clinton Foundation Codeathon, and announced the winners on social media. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, challenged developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action. The winning team, MathMagic, created an interactive network to connect students with tutors and fellow mentoring peers using a game-like interface to create a friendly experience conducive for math exploration outside of the classroom.

- Singer Aloe Blacc greeted students at the Networking Reception.

- The Opening Plenary Session began with remarks by Chelsea Clinton, University of Miami President Donna Shalala, and President Clinton.

- A panel session followed with America Ferrera, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Yale student Paul Lorem, and Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General. Watch the full session at



Saturday, March 7

- The second day of CGI U began with an interactive presentation by Hans Rosling that challenged pre-conceived notions about population growth and international development. Watch the full talk on YouTube and below:

Hans Rosling: Pre-Conceived Notions and a Fact-Based World View - CGI University 2015

Chelsea Clinton moderated a conversation on “The Power of Big Data” with three unique voices: the Knight Foundation’s Christopher Barr, Diane Bryant of Intel’s Data Center Group, and Brittany Wenger, founder of Cloud4Cancer.

- Breakout sessions addressed topics from "Ending Illegal Wildlife Trade" to "Monitoring and Evaluating Your Results."


- During the Closing Plenary Session, Chelsea Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton previewed the release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report by the Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation.  

- President Clinton sat down with Larry Wilmore, Host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," about a broad range of topics, focusing on the impact that commitments made by CGI U students are having around the world. Watch their full conversation on YouTube.

- The closing panel featured a conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer and Pussy Riot members Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova. Watch the full panel.

- In his closing remarks, President Clinton commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches. Watch his full remarks below:

President Clinton's Closing Remarks at CGI University 2015

- The winning commitment in the 2015 CGI U Commitments Challenge was Hope of Guinea Community Center by Oumou Diallo, Jacqueline Bell, Luis Alejandro of Towson University which raised over $7,600 in the challenge. More than 1,000 people participated or donated throughout the Commitments Challenge. You can still support participants in the Challenge on

Day of Action

- On Sunday, attendees participated in the Clinton Foundation Day of Action, a morning of community service in conjunction with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City.