For Immediate Release: October 14, 2020
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WATCH TOMORROW: President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton participate in Howard University Homecoming with discussions on student action, social justice, and public health
WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will join Howard University’s virtual Homecoming 2020 programming, participating in the event through a partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) program. Chelsea Clinton will participate in a conversation with Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick about the intersection of public health and social justice; a panel of Howard University alumni who are also alumni of the CGI U program will discuss how they’ve made a difference in their communities; and President Clinton will make a major announcement about CGI U in 2021.
This is part of a three-day virtual conference, hosted by Howard University and part of Homecoming festivities, titled “From Protest to Policy: The Pursuit of Racial Justice.”
Watch live tomorrow, starting at 11:00 AM EDT
To view, log on to https://howard.zoom.us/j/87184346054 and use the Meeting Password: 20202020
This event is part of CGI U’s commitment to providing student leaders with mentorship, training, funding, peer networking, and opportunities for students to engage with national and global leaders throughout the year. Since its launch in 2007, CGI U has been a leader in bringing together over 10,000 college students from around the globe to take action and tackle the world’s most pressing challenges by building “Commitments to Action,” – new, specific, and measurable social impact projects.
CGI U’s year-round programming includes $100,000 in funding given to student projects that address the COVID-19 pandemic; a partnership with IBM to help students develop app-based projects that address COVID-19 and climate change through Call for Code; and programming with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation that included a discussion with Chelsea Clinton on how young people are reinventing civic engagement. For the 2021 cohort, CGI U recently announced a partnership with Verizon to help students develop innovative technology solutions to pressing domestic issues, with the opportunity to win a spot in an accelerator program and pitch for seed funding. This also follows last week’s CGI University + Morehouse College event, which focused on addressing structural inequality and supporting student action. Watch these discussions, which included national health, education, business, and student leaders, here: live.cgiu.org.
Tomorrow’s discussions are part of Howard University’s 2020 Homecoming festivities, centered around the theme of “Advocacy.” “Advocacy” is woven into the fabric of Howard University’s DNA. Since the institution’s founding in 1867 the faculty, staff, and students have embodied the mission of truth and service through the pursuit of social justice in numerous ways, including marching, protesting, and lobbying.
The centerpiece of Homecoming is an expanded version of the HU Ideas Symposium, which features a virtual conference titled “From Protest to Policy: The Pursuit of Racial Justice,” held October 14-16. On Friday, October 16, President Frederick will present the State of the University Address and provide updates on the progress of Howard’s exciting strategic plan.
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About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas 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 www.howard.edu.
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.