October 5, 2017
Oct 05

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to Convene Student Leaders on Pressing Global Challenges at 10th Annual CGI U Meeting at Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Press Release

Students and experts will come together on Oct. 13-15, 2017, to turn ideas into action to address hurricane and disaster response, the opioid epidemic, relief for refugees and displaced populations, violence against women, and more.

Media accreditation is now open. To apply, please register online here: https://forms.clintonfoundation.org/view.php?id=125492.

BOSTON, Mass. — The 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting will bring together more than 1,000 university students and experts at Northeastern University, October 13-15, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Building upon the success of the Clinton Global Initiative commitments model that transformed modern philanthropy, CGI U is grounded in the belief that no one is too young to make a difference and requires all student participants to take concrete actions to solve global challenges. Since its first meeting, CGI U has brought together more than 8,700 students from more than 940 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.

In addition to President Bill Clinton, founder and chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, featured participants at CGI U 2017 will include: Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston; Joseph E. Aoun, president, Northeastern University; Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group,  chair of the National Democratic Institute; Daryl Davis, musician/race relations expert, Lyrad Productions; Paul E. Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder and chief strategist, Partners In Health, and Kolokotrones university professor of global health and social medicine, Harvard University; David Gergen, faculty director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Alan Khazei, founder and CEO, Be The Change, Inc.; David Miliband, president and CEO, International Rescue Committee; Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medalist, activist, and entrepreneur, Louella; Vivek Murthy, M.D., 19th Surgeon General of the United States; M.A. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International; Amy Ziering, documentary filmmaker, Chain Camera Pictures, among others.

Media moderators and partners include: Rebecca Adams, senior editor, Refinery29; and Amelia Harnish, senior features writer, Refinery 29; Bethany Heinrich, vice president of global content and community, and global head of Mogul Studios; Peter Hopkins, president and co-founder, Big Think; Adva Saldinger, associate editor, Devex; and Max Schorr, co-founder and executive chairman, GOOD Inc.

Media accreditation is now open. To apply, please register online here https://forms.clintonfoundation.org/view.php?id=125492.

CGI U 2017 Program Highlights

This is the first year Northeastern University will host CGI U. A global community of innovators, the university has long been committed to developing solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and to bringing about meaningful change. Throughout the meeting, students will engage with leading experts, advocates, and innovators in major plenary and smaller topic-based sessions on issues facing young people and the world today.

Program highlights at CGI U 2017 will include:

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

-  “Code for Impact,” presented by CGI U and the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative: This codeathon will challenge student designers from across disciplines to develop a digital prototype that improves or facilitates energy efficiency in metropolitan areas and urban centers. The event will be judged by Chelsea Clinton as well as Donnel Baird, CEO and founder of BlocPower; John Cleveland, executive director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission; Gwen Ruta, senior vice president of climate and energy at the Environmental Defense Fund; and Carl Spector, environment commissioner, City of Boston.

Opening plenary: “What Unites Us: Building Community in a Divided World,” where President Clinton will join activists Daryl Davis and Ibtihaj Muhammed to discuss how the next generation can take the lead in embracing the world’s growing interdependence, rather than rejecting it.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

-  “Making it: Designing a Sustainable Future,” a plenary session moderated by Chelsea Clinton, which will address how innovations in social media, mobile technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence have fundamentally transformed our lives and the way we interact with each other.

“On the Move: Creating Opportunity for Migrants and Refugees,” a plenary discussion including Madeleine K. Albright and David Miliband that will explore how commitment-makers can equip refugees and migrants with access to capital and the necessary training to become successful entrepreneurs and innovators themselves, while convincing more people in host communities of the benefits of these measures.

-  “Skills vs. Degrees,” a panel, including Joseph E. Aoun and Martha Kanter, will discuss the role of higher education in a time when the job market has become increasingly competitive and fluid, and in which artificial intelligence and advanced automation seems poised to upend traditional assumptions about employment.

“Creating Buzz: Using Technology to Expand Your Impact,” a discussion moderated by Max Schorr, co-founder and co-CEO of GOOD Inc. and including Peter Hopkins, president and co-founder, Big Think that will explore traditional marketing and media campaigns, along with a wide range of digital storytelling and organizing strategies.

-  “LGBTQ Equality: Overcoming the Backlash,” moderated by Rebecca Adams, senior editor at Refinery29, will look at how we can support victims of abuse and violence and to speak out against discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia.

“Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus,” which will explore how commitment makers can help create a culture in which sexual assault is not tolerated, promoting effective bystander intervention, self-defense training, and access to university resources and comprehensive care that support survivors of sexual assault. This conversation will be moderated by Amelia Harnish, senior features writer at Refinery29.

- “Is the Sharing Economy Sustainable?”, a conversation led by Adva Saldinger, associate editor at Devex, about how the sharing economy model scale can succeed around the world, and if it can be used to help raise living standards without reducing wages.

“Designing a Meaningful Project” breakout session, including Bethany Heinrich, vice president of global content and community, and global head of Mogul Studios, and Vanessa Kirsch, founder and CEO of New Profit, which will discuss how CGI U students can design thoughtful and impactful projects as they set out to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

-  Annual CGI U Day of Action: Continuing CGI U’s longtime commitment to service and volunteering, on Sunday, October 15, President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Mayor Martin Walsh will lead CGI U students in a Day of Action to give back to the Boston community. Founded and led by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities. To date, the Clinton Foundation has hosted 31 Days of Action in the United States and abroad, which have mobilized more than 5,700 volunteers and donated more than 24,000 volunteer hours.

The full and most up-to-date meeting agenda can be found at http://cgiu.org/agenda.

Support for CGI U 2017 is provided by the Ford Foundation and the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, who partners with CGI U on “Up To Us,” a year-round program on college and university campuses.

Logistical Information

Media accreditation is now open. To apply, please register online here https://forms.clintonfoundation.org/view.php?id=125492.

The deadline to apply for press credentials is Thursday, October 12, 2017. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but space is limited and pre-registered media will be given priority. For questions about press registration, please email [email protected].  

Updated daily schedules and a complete breakdown of activities can be found at http://cgiu.org/agenda.

More information about CGI U is available here: www.cgiu.org/.

Follow us on Twitter at @CGIU and @ClintonFdn or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CGIUniversity for meeting news and highlights. The official meeting hashtag is #CGIU2017. The event will also be livestreamed at cgiu.org/live.


About the Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, nearly 35,000 American schools have provided kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 150,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; working with partners, more than 8.5 million trees and tree seedlings have been planted to strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods; over 600,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises and health and wellbeing programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.

Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.