Clinton Global Initiative University

MHC Changemakers attend CGIU 



The CGI U convening for Spring 2017 has been postponed. Please contact Kirk Lange in the McCulloch Center with questions or for alternative frameworks for making social impact.


Mount Holyoke students committed to addressing some of the world's most vexing challenges have participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). CGI U is a global convening and network of student leaders working toward innovative, sustainable solutions -- in partnership with communities, organizations, and networks. Participating students develop Commitments to Action in the fields of Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.  These plans have targeted action on the MHC campus, in the local community, or around the globe and have been informed by important principles and guidelines.

2016 Changemakers

In 2016, a record-breaking 18 Mount Holyoke students were invited to attend the CGI U convening at UC Berkeley.  Consistent with past years, MHC students made an outsized impact -- with Danielle Harris ('16) a member of the winning Code-a-thon team and multiple students selected for The Exchange (Woyneab Habte '17, Yan Yan '17, and Jemimah Kamau FP)  -- with support from 2016 mentor Dr. Tamara Stenn. 

2015 Changemakers

The 2015 CGI U convening was held March 6-8 at the University of Miami.  Twelve Mount Holyoke were invited to Florida, to turn their ideas into action.  Many of these students  developed their Commitments to Action in MHC's Social Innovation Lab, led by Elizabeth Long Lingo, who accompanied the students to the conference.  They also found inspiration in the 2014 CGI U cohort, two of whom were invited to return to the global convening for a second year.

2014 Changemakers

In 2014, fourteen MHC students -- proposing innovative solutions from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe -- were selected to participate in the CGI U meeting March 21-23 at Arizona State University, where they networked with international experts and other student leaders.  In Phoenix, Celine Mudahakana ('16) was invited to showcase her project, Weaving for Peace, at the prestigious CGI U "Expo" while Prarthana Bhattarai ('15) and Jazmin Locke ('14) were chosen as two of only 23 Resolution Project Fellows from among more than 1000 participating students.

Become a Changemaker in 2017

For further details, students should contact the CGIU Mentor, Rick Feldman, or CGI U Liaison, Kirk Lange, in the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Look for an upcoming information session to learn about participating in CGI U 2017.  To get started, please refer to the CGI U at MHC "Purpose and Guidelines" document.

Celine Mudahakana helped expand the work of the Isano Weaving Project in Kigali, Rwanda through her CGI U Commitment to Action