Communications Office: Stephen Mease
Champlain College students are encouraged to apply to attend the seventh meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). President Bill Clinton will host the annual meeting from March 21-23, 2014 at Arizona State University. The CGI U application for any interested undergraduate or graduate student is now available at http://www.cgiu.org/applying_to_cgiu/.
The early decision deadline is Nov. 22, which allows you to apply for travel and lodging assistance. The final application deadline is Jan. 17, 2014. To be considered for admission, all applicants are required to make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or in a different part of the world.
CGI U is President Clinton's initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. The initiative is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world's most urgent challenges.
In April of 2013, Champlain students Mahmoud Jabari '15 and Kayla Hedman '14 attended the sixth annual meeting of CGI U at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. This marked the first time that Champlain College students took part in the meeting of more than 1,000 college students from across the globe.
"It was an opportunity to network with a thousand students from around the world, as well as innovators, thought leaders, and other civically engaged celebrities," recalled Jabari, a junior communications major. "It was a great experience to attend last year's meeting and acquire new skills, learn from professionals, and learn what other students are doing to change their communities and the world."
For the second year Hedman, a senior marketing student in the Stiller School of Business, is serving as a CGI U campus representative, encouraging her peers to develop Commitments to Action as individuals or groups to address the most pressing challenges facing the campus or a specific community in areas such as education, environment and climate change, human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
"Last year Mahmoud and I used our student leadership as a tool to spread the word about Clinton Global Initiative University," said Hedman. "As campus representatives we presented to resident assistants, peer advisors in the LEAD program, as well as various active clubs on campus. This year I wanted to grow the program and have more students join me in developing Commitments to Action and applying to the annual meeting in March."
Hedman created a YouTube video that was recognized by CGI U as a new approach to educate fellow students on CGI U at a time that was convenient for them. She invited them to explore the website, get a feel for the requirements, and then contact her for assistance or with questions about applying. This led to a great increase in interest. "This spring I'll host workshops with other accepted applicants to plan which workshops will be most beneficial to their Commitment's and their individual growth."
"I found while registering for my skill sessions and workshops at CGI U last spring, it integrated my own personal interests and things I am learning in my courses at Champlain," continued Hedman. "Directly relevant to my marketing capstone, I attended a session called 'Creating Buzz: Using Social Media to Market Your Cause' where I learned about efficiently utilizing social media and blogging from Chelsea Novak, a part of the User Engagement team at Mozilla. At the first plenary session Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and Square, Inc., spoke as part of a panel and answered our questions, appropriately, via Twitter."
Learn more about her CGI U Annual Meeting experience at http://assiduousstudent.tumblr.com/search/cgi+u
"It's inspiring to witness the power of CGI U students, whose energy, ideas, optimism and determination continually expand the possibilities for public service," said Chelsea Clinton, who serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation. "By joining an extraordinary community of young people, thought leaders, and experienced entrepreneurs, students attending CGI U 2014 will have the opportunity to make real contributions and forge connections that last a lifetime."
"This year, CGI U will bring together more than 1,000 college students representing all 50 states and six continents to explore concrete ways to build a better tomorrow," said President Clinton. "I look forward to working with the young leaders who come with their enthusiasm and their ideas."
Building on the Clinton Global Initiative's successful model of convening Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of state, the most effective NGOs, and civil society to address the world's most pressing challenges, President Clinton launched CGI U to engage the next generation of leaders from around the world. As with participants at all CGI meetings, CGI U students must make a Commitment to Action: a new, specific and measurable student initiative that addresses a pressing challenge on campus or beyond.
In the past five years, more than 5,500 young leaders have attended CGI U, including Harvard University student Jessica Matthews. Matthews has won awards from TED, Popular Mechanics, and was featured in a Best Buy ad for her 2009 commitment, SOCCKET, a soccer ball that doubles as an eco-friendly generator for people in resource-poor regions. With just 30 minutes of play, SOCCKET captures enough energy of motion to power at least three hours of light, run a variety of small appliances, or charge batteries.
Support for CGI U is generously provided by AAUW, Boeing, Dell Inc., Laureate International Universities, Andy Nahas and The Prospect Fund, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and more. For more information on CGI U or the CGI University Network visit cgiu.org.
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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.