Annual Meeting

Bringing together student commitment-makers, alumni, university representatives, topic experts, and high-profile individuals to turn ideas into action and address the world’s most pressing challenges

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Turning Ideas Into Action

Students accepted into the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) program receive an invitation to attend the annual CGI U meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton in partnership with a different college or university each year. The meeting convenes hundreds of student commitment-makers, alumni, university representatives, topic experts, and high-profile individuals to discuss how to turn ideas into action and address the world’s most pressing challenges.

  • 1

    PLENARY SESSIONS

    CGI U’s largest sessions featuring President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton that highlight key themes of the annual meeting and a broad range of topics, such as freedom of expression around the world to the power of big data.

  • 2

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    These smaller sessions provide students with the opportunity to hear from topic experts in CGI U’s five focus areas and the chance to engage with fellow students in order to hone in on the skills needed to develop their commitment.

  • 3

    OFFICE HOURS

    Students connect directly with program participants and special guests in small group settings, allowing students to ask follow up questions, share their own personal stories and thoughts, and seek specific advice on their commitments.

  • 4

    STUDENT NETWORKING

    An opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow CGI U students based on areas of interest.

  • 5

    DAY OF ACTION

    CGI U students participate in community service projects with select partner organizations.


Past Meetings

Since the first annual meeting at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008, CGI U has brought together thousands of students from across the world to a different university and city each year.

CGI U 2021

Howard University
Virtual Annual Meeting

CGI U 2020

University of Edinburgh
Virtual Annual Meeting

CGI U 2018

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

CGI U 2017

Northeastern University
Boston, MA

CGI U 2016

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

CGI U 2015

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

CGI U 2014

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

CGI U 2013

Washington University
St. Louis, MO

CGI U 2012

George Washington University
Washington, DC

CGI U 2011

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA

CGI U 2010

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

CGI U 2008

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

CGI U 2016

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

CGI U 2011

University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA