Press & News |

Vice President Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Wes Moore, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, and other global leaders join President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and college students from around the w

Leadership & Public Service | 20 Minute Read

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2021

Contact: [email protected]

Vice President Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Wes Moore, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, and other global leaders join President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and college students from around the world for 13th annual CGI U meeting with Howard University

This week, global leaders will explore topics on COVID-19 recovery, empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, restoring faith in democracy, environmental justice, and creating systemic change – featuring conversations with Xiye Bastida, Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative; Anya Dillard, Activist and Founder, The Next Gen Come Up; Catherine Coleman Flowers, Founder/Author, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice; Amika George, Student, Activist, and Founder of FreePeriods; Eric P. Goosby, M.D., Director, Center for Global Health Delivery, Diplomacy & Economics Organization, University of California San Francisco; Kyle Korver, NBA All-Star; Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director, Country Programmes, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Alanah Odoms, Executive Director, ACLU of Louisiana; Zulaikha Patel, Social Justice and Anti-Racism Activist & Writer, Charlotte Mannya Maxeke Institute; Apache Stronghold Member Naelyn Pike; Khloe Thompson, founder, Khloe Kares; and more.

Plenary sessions will be streamed starting at 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at

Washington, DC – From March 23-26, 2021, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will bring 600 student leaders from around the world together to take action on pressing challenges in their communities, for the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting in partnership with Howard University. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton first announced Howard University would serve as the virtual host campus in October 2020 as part of the university’s Homecoming program. Highlights of this week’s virtual meeting include key discussions with: President Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris on empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world; President Clinton and Stacey Abrams on expanding participation in democracy; Secretary Clinton about how young people can lead with empathy and kindness; Chelsea Clinton on the latest global efforts to combat COVID-19; and other leaders around climate change, social justice, systemic racism, and civic engagement.

Launched in 2007, CGI U is a leadership development program run by the Clinton Foundation to engage the next generation of leaders and is grounded in the belief that no one is too young to make a difference and create positive change in their communities. The program connects students with global leaders and peers who help them develop Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable projects that address societal issues they face on campuses, in local communities, or around the world. The CGI U Class of 2021 has already developed more than 400 Commitments to Action to address a wide range of issues. With a network of 10,000 alumni from more than 1,100 schools, 160 countries, and all 50 states, CGI U students have made more than 7,000 Commitments to Action.

Past commitments include: working to bring virtual education and art therapy to migrant children on the U.S.-Mexico border; improving energy efficiency in lower-income communities in order to reduce energy costs for families and small businesses; creating culturally sensitive public health messaging for communities most vulnerable to COVID-19; promoting inclusion in the medical aid sectors by assisting minorities with language barriers seeking medical attention; transforming hygiene practices for children around the world; and, conducting safe and effective telehealth visits for uninsured and under-insured patients.

This program builds upon the success of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CGI has continued to convene leaders from business, philanthropy, and government on a wide range of issues through innovative Action Networks, including sustainability and hurricane recovery in the Caribbean; addressing racial and economic disparities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and encouraging continued work across Haiti.

Previous CGI U meetings have been held at the University of Chicago, Northeastern University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Miami, Arizona State University, Washington University in St. Louis, George Washington University, the University of California, San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, and Tulane University. In April 2020, shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton brought together leading voices in public health, government, and philanthropy for the Foundation’s first major virtual convening focused on addressing the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Originally slated to take place at the University of Edinburgh, the CGI U program quickly transitioned to a virtual program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CGI U 2021 at Howard University Program Highlights

2021 program highlights will include:

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Virtual Community Service Projects

3:00 –5:00 p.m. EDT

As a part of the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to inspire civic engagement and service, and CGI U’s longtime commitment to volunteerism, Howard University will lead students in several virtual community service projects to give back to the community, with opening remarks from the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia; Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood; and Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Opening Plenary: “Making Democracy Work: Restoring Trust and Expanding Participation”

3:00 –3:45 p.m. EDT

A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Stacey Abrams, founder and chair, Fair Fight Action, on how we can repair and restore faith in democratic institutions, elections, voting and the free press. This session will open with remarks from President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University.

  • Plenary Session: “Climate Change & Environmental Justice”

4:00 –4:30 p.m. EDT

Moderated by President Clinton, this session will explore the intersection of climate change and social justice, and will also highlight some of the most effective environmental justice initiatives around the world.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Plenary Session: “The Global COVID-19 Pandemic from Here: Vaccine Access, Equity, Economic Recovery, and Lessons Learned”

3:00 –3:30 p.m. EDT

Moderated by Chelsea Clinton, this session will explore how to safely and equitably distribute vaccines, boost inclusive economic recovery in an increasingly unequal world, and build long-term public health infrastructure to prevent and address future pandemics.

  • Plenary Session: “From Protest to Systemic Change”

This two-part session will explore how to effectively address social injustices and create sustained change through social movements around the world.

Part I: Race in America

3:45 –4:05 p.m. EDT

This session will address systemic racism throughout the U.S., and will explore how we can achieve tangible and meaningful racial justice in the days ahead.

Part II: Building Effective Social Movements

4:10 –4:30 p.m. EDT

This session will highlight how social movements around the world – often led by young people – can continue to create tangible, sustained change.

Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Closing Plenary: Part I: “The Next Generation Rises”

3:00 –3:25 p.m. EDT

A one-on-one conversation with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Khloe Thompson, Founder, Khloe Cares about how young people can lead with conviction and kindness and engage with empathy. This session is developed in partnership with the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail early learning initiative. To learn more about their campaign to promote kindness, visit

  • Closing Plenary: Part II: A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris

3:25 –3:45 p.m. EDT

A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.

Verizon Social Innovation Challenge and IBM Call for Code

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, CGI U has continued its efforts through a wide range of virtual programming. In August 2020, CGI U announced $100,000 in grants made to student projects that address the COVID pandemic. This year, CGI U and Verizon are partnering on the 2021 Social Innovation Challenge, a program for current undergraduate students, graduate students, and CGI U alumni to develop leading-edge technology-based solutions—including those leveraging the power of 5G—to address significant societal challenges related to education, health, and climate justice. Finalists will be invited to participate in a summer program of hands-on entrepreneurial training from accelerator partner VentureWell. This new partnership with CGI U is part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental, and social advancement.

CGI U and IBM are also partnering on the Call for Code University Challenge: Howard Hackathon for Environmental Justice. This challenge provides participants with opportunities to showcase their coding expertise, expand their professional portfolios, and digitally connect with a cohort of students dedicated to addressing global challenges. This year’s focus for undergraduate and graduate student designers from across academic disciplines is to develop unique digital prototypes and tools that help build more resilient communities impacted by climate change and tackle environmental injustices. Registered students will have the opportunity to have their ideas assessed by an esteemed panel of judges including Chelsea Clinton and Bob Lord, IBM Senior Vice President, Worldwide Ecosystems and Blockchain. The challenge will commence with the Call for Code: State of the University Challenge, featuring remarks from Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction as well as John Cohn, IBM Fellow, IBM AI Research. Event will be streamed starting at 7 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 26, 2021 at

CGI U’s year-round program is made possible through the generous support of IBM, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Kevin Xu, with special thanks to Verizon.


# # #

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that comprises 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, those values have energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.

Learn more at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.