Partners & University Network
CGI U is proud to partner with organizations dedicated to creating social impact in the next generation of student leaders, providing enriching opportunities and experiences for CGI U students and alumni, and supporting the year-round work of the CGI U program.
The CGI University Network consists of higher education institutions and professionals who support, mentor, and provide seed funding to the next generation of leaders on their respective campuses. Through the University Network, CGI U helps schools foster a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, and global citizenship on college campuses across the world.
As part of IBM’s Code and Response initiative, CGI U and IBM co-host virtual Code and Response Hackathons that engage the next generation of global leaders on college campuses to harness modern, emerging, and open source technologies to develop solutions tackling climate change and racial justice. Participating students have access to IBM technological resources and Clinton Foundation staff expertise to engage with and help bring ideas to life, and students from winning teams receive cash prizes and the opportunity to participate in the CGI U program.
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Since 2012, CGI U has partnered with The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Net Impact to organize the national student program Up to Us. Up to Us is the only nation-wide program that supports next-generation leaders to raise nonpartisan awareness around building a sustainable fiscal and economic future. Since 2012, student teams have engaged more than 300,000 of their peers through innovative and engaging campus activities. Students receive funding, training, and hand-on support over the semester to design and implement their own awareness campaign about our long-term fiscal and economic sustainability. Over the course of ten years, Up to Us has engaged over 1,200 campus competition teams, signed over 131,000 pledges, and engaged over 370,000 people.
Through the COVID-19 Student Action Fund, made possible by Kevin Xu and members of the CGI University Network, students were provided early-stage seed–funding for projects addressing the public health, economic, and societal impacts of the novel coronavirus. Grants ranged from $2,000 to $5,000 — with commitments including awareness and prevention campaigns, social enterprises, infectious disease monitoring and response systems, and other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines. In addition to receiving seed funding for their commitments, all selected students received invitations to participate in the CGI U 2021 program.