Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President William Jefferson Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. NC State is in its second year as a part of this network of colleges and Student Leadership & Engagement has just returned from an outstanding CGI U conference.
CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of students who don’t just discuss global problems – they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. This year’s conference drew over 1,100 students from 80 countries to the University of Miami, where they – along with university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities – discussed and developed innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.
NC State students presented four projects around the issues of Peace and Human Rights, Public Health, Poverty Alleviation, and Education. Our students also had an opportunity to meet key CGI leaders, namely President William Jefferson Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Chelsea Clinton.
Student Leadership & Engagement will be awarding seed funding for the implementation of this year’s NC State student projects very soon. Members of the 2015 NC State CGI U delegation included Alex Brown, Mumta Essarani, James Gonzales, Alexander Kim, Charan Mohan, and Supriya Sadagopan.
More information at http://csleps.dasa.ncsu.edu/leadership/cgi