If you’re ready to be a changemaker, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) network can help you get started. Mount Holyoke recently joined this consortium of 39 colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns.
At the annual CGI U conference, students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities discuss and develop innovative solutions to global challenges. The 2014 meeting will take place at Arizona State University in Phoenix March 21–23.
Mount Holyoke will provide $10,000 to be divided among MHC students selected to attend the meeting. Each applicant submits a “commitment to action”—a plan to make a difference in one of CGI U’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
CGI U participants don’t just discuss the world’s challenges; they also take real, concrete steps toward solving them. With the help of a campus mentor, students develop and implement their commitments to action—new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.
The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives will coordinate MHC’s participation in the CGI U Network. Director of International Experiential Learning Kirk Lange will serve as project coordinator and lead mentor.
For more information, contact Lange (klange@mtholyoke) or visit our web page. Final applications are due January 17, but November 22 is the deadline for those also applying for travel vouchers from CGI U.
The Clinton Global Initiative University program is built on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges. Former President Bill Clinton launched CGI U in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
—By Emily Harrison Weir