President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and topic experts discussed strategies to build an inclusive economy, promote health equity, and support student leaders during a virtual CGI University event in partnership with Morehouse College.

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On Thursday, October 8, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton partnered with Morehouse College to co-host a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) virtual event, which brought together business, health, foundation and youth leaders to discuss strategies to build a more inclusive future through entrepreneurship, innovation, and the recruitment of a diverse workforce.

The program included opportunities for CGI U and Morehouse students and alumni to hear from leaders and topic experts including Dr. David Thomas, President, Morehouse College; La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Aurora James, Creative Director and Founder, Brother Vellies and Founder, 15 Percent Pledge; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon; Grant Bennett, People Analytics Research Analyst, Google; Dr. David Satcher, Founder and Senior Advisor, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine; LaShyra Nolen, Student Council President ’23, Harvard Medical School; Jamal Simmons, CBS News Political Contributor and Host, #ThisisFYI on Instagram; Dr. …


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Students from around the world are participating in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) program — and as part of the year-round curriculum, these students develop Commitments to Action that address a pressing issue in their communities. This year, many students have developed commitments that are addressing the public health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Clinton Foundation is supporting them with $100,000 through the COVID-19 Student Action Fund.

This Fund, which is funded by Founding Partner, Kevin Xu, and the colleges and universities that comprise the CGI University Network, provides $100,000 in total to select students at universities around the world, with each grant awarded ranging up to $5,000. Earlier this month, the Foundation announced 38 innovative projects that have received funding — with commitments ranging from infectious disease monitoring and response systems; emergency response; awareness and prevention campaigns; and other relief initiatives to provide immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines. …


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CGI U students are building projects with meaningful impact to foster social change in their communities and learning how to leverage technology for good.

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In the latest Tech for Good virtual series, as part of CGI U and IBM’s partnership on the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge, participants in the “Caribbean Resiliency & Innovation During COVID-19” webinar were able to learn about the work of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network and their partners in the Caribbean, including Caribbean Girls Hack. This event centered on the importance of expanding technology and building a community of coders exclusively in the Caribbean.

Minister Kay McConney, Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Barbados; opened the event with comments saying, “Digital and other technologies offer opportunities not only to transform education in the Caribbean, but it also has the potential to help us solve other real problems that we’re experiencing in real life today.” …


Meet five alumni who are using lessons learned from CGI University to lead the way in fighting this global health crisis.

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From left to right: CGI U alumni Andrew Aboujaoude ’16, Christine Schindler ’12, Sixto Cancel ’13, Mariam Adil ’14, and Kennedy Odede ‘10.

Since 2008, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) has brought together thousands of students to develop innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. After COVID-19 made an immediate impact in communities around the world, many students in CGI U’s diverse alumni network have turned their ideas into action to combat the pandemic.

From spreading awareness and public health guidance to serving people experiencing homelessness in communities across the country, meet five CGI U alums rolling up their sleeves to address COVID-19.

Using video games to combat the spread of misinformation

Mariam Adil and a group of fellow graduate students from George Washington University joined CGI U in 2014 with a commitment to developing video games that would make a positive impact. After building momentum from CGI U, Mariam founded GRID — Gaming Revolution for International Development and Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development — a social impact gaming studio that designs mobile games to engage and inform users in developing countries to address knowledge gaps, inspire behavioral change, and raise awareness on important issues. …


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CGI U students are building projects with meaningful impact to foster social change in their communities and learning how to leverage technology for good.

This year, CGI U and IBM have partnered again on the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge with a new University Edition that is engaging students in taking on COVID-19 and climate change. From its inception in 2018, Call for Code has tackled society’s most pressing issues, as students create solutions that compete for a grand prize of $10,000 USD and are also eligible to compete for Call for Code’s global prize of $200,000 USD.

As part of this partnership, CGI U and IBM launched a virtual event series Tech for Good so students can hear from industry professionals and be connected to peers from across the globe. …


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By Alyssa Trometter, CGI U Deputy Director, External Affairs

Since 2008, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) program has brought thousands of students together to make Commitments to Action — service projects that make a difference in their communities around the world.

As students make these Commitments, they are assisted by the CGI University Network (U Network) — a collection of higher education institutions dedicated to providing expertise and counseling from professors and subject matter experts, as well as financial assistance to operationalize these projects. …


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With the announced postponement of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting given developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the CGI U team and partners are working to create virtual programming that will continue to provide students with meaningful engagement and learning opportunities.

In addition, CGI U 2020 students are still developing over 650 unique Commitments to Action. These are new, specific, and measurable social impact projects that address a challenge identified by the students themselves. They collaborate with other CGI U classmates and receive assistance from the CGI U team and Commitment Mentors. Students implement and evaluate their projects through a detailed, four-module curriculum that CGI U provides throughout the year.

Here are just a few examples of the incredible commitments that students have been building this year. …


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On November 2, 2019, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton hosted the first major Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) alumni gathering at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The event celebrated 12 years of impact and innovation by CGI U alumni and brought together a diverse group of young leaders that are addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The day featured plenary sessions led by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, in addition to alumni-led small-group discussions on topics that included Using Art & Media for Social Innovation, Pitching for Investment, Scalable Systems, Scalable Impact, Diversity & Inclusion: Ensuring No One is Left Behind, Social Listening During Disaster Response, and more. …


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Sam Warach is on a mission to break the cycle of addiction, one community at a time.

From addressing mental health resilience among youth, to finding nearby treatment resources, to tracking personal health goals — thanks to Sam Warach, there’s an app for that — in fact, there are two.

After his older brother tragically died from a prescription-drug overdose in 2008, Sam became driven to prevent and reduce the issues associated with opioids, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions. …


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In January 2019, at the third Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico, President Bill Clinton and IBM senior vice president for cognitive solutions and developer ecosystem, Bob Lord, announced a new Commitment to Action between Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and IBM to engage 10,000 college students in harnessing data and developing cutting-edge technologies to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, including human devastation caused by natural disasters.

This commitment, part of IBM Code and Response, began this year with IBM and CGI U activating college students from around the world in creating tech-driven social impact solutions. Together, IBM and CGI U are hosting 10 Code and Response Codeathons — two have been completed to date — on college campuses and virtually this year where participants have the chance to win monetary prizes, have access to IBM software and disaster relief experts, and are able to work in interdisciplinary student teams to develop impact-driven ideas. In addition, one student from each winning team will have the chance to participate in the next CGI U program, including paid travel and lodging to the CGI U 2020 meeting. …

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