Mount Holyoke students committed to addressing some of the world's most vexing challenges are invited to apply to 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 may target action on the MHC campus, in the local community, or around the globe.
The 2015 CGI U convening was held March 6-8 at the University of Miami. Mount Holyoke was represented in Miami by twelve student changemakers, intent on turning their ideas into action. Many of these students have been developing their Commitments to Action in MHC's new Social Innovation Lab, led by Elizabeth Long Lingo, who accompanied the students to Florida. 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.
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.
For further details, students should contact the CGI U Mentor, Kirk Lange, in the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Look for an upcoming information session to learn about participating in CGI U.