Clinton Global Initiative University Day Of Action
Sunday, March 8th
President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will be hosting the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will bring together more than 1,000 college students from around the world on March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
In partnership with Miami Childrenâ€™s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City and the University of Miami, on Sunday, March 8th, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Action, a day of volunteering to give back to the community.
More than 700 CGIU students will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. More than 30 projects are expected to be completed. MCI has designated 29 blocks in Liberty City as their â€œImpact Zoneâ€. CGIU Day of Action will officially expand MCIâ€™s Block-by-Block strategy, within the Impact Zone, from four blocks to eight. These blocks are home to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, early learning centers, single family homes, public and low income apartments. MCIâ€™s â€œcradle-to-college-to-careerâ€ strategy is focused on intentionally investing in children and their families. We are determined that the future of Liberty Cityâ€™s children will not be defined by their zip code.
Clinton Global Initiative University:
The Eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings students, innovators, thought-leaders, and civically-engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGIU’s five focus areas: education; environment and climate change; peace and human rights; poverty alleviation; and public health.
University Of Miami:
Since the first CGI U meeting, attendees have made 4,800 Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This growing community of young leaders represents over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.
This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.
The University of Miami first hosted CGI U in 2010 and is the first school to host the event twice. Throughout the meeting, students will engage in various topic-and skill-based sessions, which will empower them to take action in their communities and around the world.
Plenary session topics at CGI U 2015 will include:
Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All, which will explore how students and universities, in partnerships with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can expand access to opportunity worldwide;
The Power of Big Data, which will examine how CGI U students can harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling their existing commitments, as well as expanding access to big data for all; and
The Future of Energy, which will explore how young entrepreneurs can most effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable solutions, design the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies, and bring energy efficiency best practices to existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes.
CGI U Schedule:
On March 5 and 6, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon in the lead up to the CGI University meeting. The Codeathon will challenge developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in the areas of Education, Global Health, and Environment & Climate Change. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will culminate with team presentations to a panel of expert judges working in the fields of technology and social innovation.
Featured participants at the CGI U 2015 meeting include: Karim Abouelnaga,Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc.; Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Members, Pussy Riot; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO,Andraka Technologies; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School;America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Ryan Jenson, Chief Executive Officer, HoneyComb; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Jaime Lerner, Chairman, Arquitetos
Associados, Founder, Instituto Jaime Lerner; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer,Corporation for National and Community Service; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Centralâ€™s â€œThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmoreâ€; and more.
About Clinton Global Initiative University
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems â€“ they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Since 2008, students have made more than 4,800 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, the George Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University, and have convened more than 6,500 students from over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter@ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
About the University of Miami
University of Miamiâ€™s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. www.miami.edu
About Miami Childrenâ€™s Initiative:
Miami Children’s Initiative is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City, one of South Floridaâ€™s most challenging and promising neighborhoods, into a more prosperous community. Like the Harlem Childrenâ€™s Zone project, Miami Childrenâ€™s Initiative takes a block-by-block approach to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in the potential of every child. In partnership with Liberty Cityâ€™s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, Miami Childrenâ€™s Initiative provides a unified continuum of support, education and care that begins before birth and continues through college and career. More information about Miami Childrenâ€™s Initiative is available at www.miamichildrensinitiative.org.