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Eight SMU students selected to attend 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at UC-Berkeley April 1-3

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoEight SMU students will share their work on issues affecting their communities and the world during the 9th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at the University of California-Berkeley April 1-3, 2016.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will host the CGI U gathering. The 2016 agenda will include sessions on topics ranging from invention and innovation, to designing projects to mitigate unintended consequences, to student-led high school education reform.

The event will bring together more than 1,100 college students with innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to address challenges facing their campuses and communities in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

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The SMU students who will attend the meeting, and a brief description of their CGI U Commitments to Action:

  • Cristina Barrera – Food Guardian will consult with local Dallas businesses and institutions to eliminate commercial food waste through source reduction, donations of excess food, and composting food waste.
  • Jake Brudish – Hoops H2O will host competitive basketball tournaments to raise money to aid in the creation of improved water wells in the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Priya Chowdhary – The Nari Project distributes crisis kits to domestic abuse victims as they transition from critical situations to places of safety, and this year Nari is expanding operations to India.
  • Sasha Mohammed – Life Spark, a smaller apparatus that works in combination with a mobile application, will serve as a more accessible form of the automatic external defibrillator.
  • Hena Rafiq – Generation NOW: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration is a program developed to help the children of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated mothers.
  • Angelica Reisch – Catalyst Arts Movement is a Dallas-based project to support and fund artists who create community engagement through art.
  • Thomas Schmedding – Innovating Health Safety Net Solutions in Means-Tested Areas is conducting research on innovative solutions for affordable health coverage for mothers and infants in Uganda and Dallas.
  • Devon Skerritt – The Possibility Project teaches young people (K-12) skills of social entrepreneurship through training, networking, and experiences that prepare aspiring first generation Dallas students for next generation careers.

Priya Chowdhary was also selected to be a part of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD Program. The LEAD program provides the added opportunity to engage with the Clinton Global Initiative and includes invitations to the CGI, CGI U, and LEAD annual meetings. Priya will be mentored by Khaliya Aga Khan, a distinguished philanthropist, venture capitalist, and advocate for social change.

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Student attendees have the opportunity to attend plenary and working sessions, as well as other special events covering topics across CGI U’s five focus areas. In addition, they network with their peers, build skills, and identify potential partnerships. Special guests join every CGI U meeting to help student participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to take action on their commitments.

During the last day of the meeting, the students will take part in a Day of Action in the Berkeley community.

SMU Forum: SMU renews membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University Network

SMU is a member of the CGI University Network of 70 U.S. colleges and universities that provide support and mentorship for students’ projects. The Office of Engaged Learning is the University’s sponsoring department.

Find more information at the Clinton Global Initiative University homepage

Six SMU students earn invitations to 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at University of Miami March 6-8

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoSix SMU students will share their work on issues affecting their communities and the world during the 8th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at the University of Miami March 6-8, 2015.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will host the CGI U gathering. The 2015 agenda will include sessions on topics ranging from ending illegal wildlife trade, to engaging youth as peacemakers, to harnessing big data to address global challenges.

The event will bring together more than 1,100 college students with innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to address challenges facing their campuses and communities in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

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The SMU students who will attend the meeting, and a brief description of their CGI U Commitments to Action:

  • Colton Donica has founded Support for LGBTQ Refugees in Texas, which will provide resources and support targeted to LGBTQ refugees in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
  • Hena Rafiq has created Resources for Resolana, which provides support for women leaving the Dallas County Women’s Jail and will expand to add empowerment and work experience training.
  • Asia Rodgers has founded Art Healing, which uses art to build confidence in formerly trafficked or incarcerated women. She provides access to art classes and events where these women are able to showcase their creative work.
  • Jorawar Virk will create Kripa Care, which is designed to provide medical care to terminally ill and sick female prisoners in the Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
  • Ashley Wali and collaborator Preksha (Priya) Chowdhardy are continuing work on The Nari Project, which distributes crisis kits of clothing, supplies, information and funds to domestic abuse victims as they transition from a critical situation to a place of safety.

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Student attendees have the opportunity to attend plenary and working sessions, as well as other special events covering topics across CGI U’s five focus areas. In addition, they network with their peers, build skills, and identify potential partnerships. Special guests join every CGI U meeting to help student participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to take action on their commitments.

During the last day of the meeting, the students will take part in a Day of Action in the Miami community.

SMU Forum: SMU renews membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University Network

As a member of the CGI University Network of more than 60 colleges and universities that support and mentor Commitments to Action, SMU pledged $10,000 towards student projects as well as travel to the annual meeting.

SMU’s participation in the CGI University Network is a program of the Office of Engaged Learning. Most of the student Commitments to Action selected for the 2015 CGI U meeting began as Engaged Learning projects.

Find more information at the Clinton Global Initiative University homepage

SMU renews membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University Network in 2014

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoSMU has renewed its membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University Network (CGI U), a growing consortium of 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 challenges.

The University is one of more than 40 colleges and universities worldwide who have joined the CGI U Network.

SMU annually provides $10,000 in funding, divided among University students who are selected to pursue CGI U Commitments to Action. The 2015 CGI U meeting takes place at the University of Miami March 6-8.

Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

The University’s CGI U student representatives, Jonathan Hess and Asia Rodgers, are recruiting new participants and will host an Application Party Tuesday, Nov. 18, in advance of the application deadline on Monday, Dec. 1. The CGI U Application Party is from 5 p.m. to midnight in Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Portico BCD.

Hess and Rodgers attended the 2014 CGI U meeting at Arizona State University in March.

SMU’s Engaged Learning staff will mentor the CGI U students as they develop and implement their plans in the coming months. Thirteen of about 2,500 students from more than 80 countries who attended the CGI U meetings in 2013 and 2014 were from SMU.

“CGI U offers a unique opportunity for students to network with their peers as well as with global thought leaders and other experts,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Our renewed membership means that SMU students will continue to benefit from this training ground for future world-changers. We are proud to support their goals.”

Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 5,500 student leaders from 135 countries and more than 800 schools.  Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Jack Dorsey, Jimmy Wales, Muhammad Yunus, Hawa Abdi Diblawe, and Jon Stewart. For more information about the meeting, visit www.cgiu.org.

The deadline to apply for CGI U 2015 is Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Students can apply online at www.cgiu.org/apply.

Seven SMU students to attend 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting March 21-23

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoSeven SMU students will share their research, goals and commitment to global issues during the 7th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at Arizona State University in Phoenix March 21-23, 2014.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will host the CGI U gathering. The 2014 agenda was announced earlier this year.

The event will bring together more than 1,000 college students with innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to address challenges facing their campuses and communities in areas such as education, environment and climate change, human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

Keep up with Clinton Global Initiative University news on Facebook: facebook.com/cgiuniversity

The SMU students who will attend the meeting, and a brief description of their work:

  • Rahfin Faruk is expanding Green Riba, an e-commerce and traditional microfinance storefront, to connect West Dallas and SMU-based artists to larger, national markets.
  • Adam Goff and Thomas Schmedding – through their microfinance loan project, PropeLend Economic Empowerment Ventures – will harness public support for economic development by empowering impoverished residents of developing nations to seek loans for entrepreneurship.
  • Jonathan Hess will start Veterans Day Nonprofit, whose purpose is to hold an annual Veterans Day celebration in Dallas to mark their contribution to the Dallas community, raise funds for veterans’ initiatives, and inform the community about Veterans Day and contemporary veterans’ issues.
  • Asia Rodgers will use art therapy to help victims of human trafficking gain confidence in themselves. She will provide access to art classes and events where victims will be able to showcase their creative work.
  • Trisha St. Fleur will partner with Projects Abroad to establish an interactive health education program and to allocate resources geared to women in Ghana.
  • Ashley Wali is completing the last stage of her research on what she has named The Nari Project. She will evaluate the psychological and physiological effects of the crisis kits that she provided to battered women in Dallas, Texas and Comilla, Bangladesh. She will also use her findings to conduct seminars that spread awareness about domestic violence.

Four other SMU students were approved but are not attending in 2014:

  • Joshua Bakarich
  • Joseph DiMarco
  • Daisuke Takeda
  • William Timmerman Wooten

SMU Forum: SMU joins the Clinton Global Initiative University Network

As a member of the CGI University Network of more than 50 colleges and universities that support and mentor Commitments to Action, SMU pledged $10,000 towards student projects as well as travel to the annual meeting.

Find a complete schedule at the Clinton Global Initiative University homepage

SMU students have Jan. 17 deadline to apply for CGI U 2014

SMU students at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in St. Louis

SMU students (L to R) Chibundu Nnake, Ashley Wali, William (Timm) Wooten, Joshua Bakarich, Rahfin Faruk and Daisuke (Dennis) Takeda at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in St. Louis. Applications are now being accepted for CGI U 2014 in Phoenix; the deadline is Friday, Jan. 17.

SMU has renewed its membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network, and students have until Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 to submit plans of action for potential funding.

The CGI University Network includes almost 40 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 challenges. The University provides $10,000 in funding to be divided among SMU students who are selected to pursue their Commitments to Action at CGI U 2014, to be held March 21-23 at Arizona State University.

Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are specific and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Director of Engaged Learning Susan Kress mentors student commitment-makers.

“Six of the 1,200 students from 80 countries who attended the CGI U 2013 meeting were SMU students. They were able to network with their global peers and hear from thought leaders, politicians, academics and other experts in the fields of their projects. Today their projects continue on campus, in Dallas and in Bangladesh,” says Kress.

Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 5,500 student leaders from 135 countries and more than 800 schools. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Jack Dorsey, Muhammad Yunus, Hawa Abdi Diblawe, and Jon Stewart.

Students can apply online at cgiu.org/apply and learn more about the University’s involvement at the SMU Engaged Learning homepage.

In addition, SMU’s CGI U representatives, Josh Bakarich and Lauren Castle, will conduct two information sessions for fellow students: noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in G11 Clements Hall; and an informal drop-in session Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

For more information, contact Meleah Chriss, 214-768-3223.

Students attend Clinton Global Initiative University event April 5-7

SMU students at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in St. Louis

SMU students (left to right) Chibundu Nnake, Ashley Wali, William (Timm) Wooten, Joshua Bakarich, Rafhin Faruk and Daisuke (Dennis) Takeda at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in St. Louis.

Six SMU students are attending the 6th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) at Washington University in St. Louis April 5-7, 2013.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, head of the Clinton Foundation, will also participate in the CGI U gathering and announced this year’s agenda and featured participants in March. The event will bring together more than 1,000 college students with innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to address challenges facing their campuses and communities in areas such as education, environment and climate change, human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

> SMU Forum: SMU joins the Clinton Global Initiative University Network

“I believe that this is the perfect chance to represent SMU on an international scale and showcase how much the school has contributed to help us help the community,” says Joshua Bakarich, a sophomore finance and economics major. Bakarich is co-founder of PROPS Social Ventures (Provide Relief Of Poverty Situations), a nonprofit microfinance and financial literacy initiative focusing on the downtown Dallas area.

Bakarich is eager to participate in CGI U because “our nonprofit is not only ready to continue promoting business growth and development in Dallas, but also to take the next step in developing a sustainable education curriculum,” he says. “I also want to bring home and share the experience at CGI U and encourage the rest of the school to get involved.”

“CGI U is an excellent way to not only learn from some of the best leaders of the world, but also meet and network with people like me who have taken on philanthropic causes,” says Ashley Wali, a sophomore finance major and fashion media minor. Wali has created The Nari Project, which develops “crisis kits” that provide battered women with basic necessities as they transition from critical situations to a secure environment. She plans to partner with Dallas’ Genesis Women’s Shelter to tailor a new version of the kit to fit the needs of North Texas women.

“One in four women will know domestic violence in her lifetime, while one in three teenage girls will be physically assaulted by a boyfriend,” Wali says, citing statistics provided by the Genesis Shelter. “And while it is important to address underlying cultural and social issues, the dire situation of these victims must be addressed first.” She is especially looking forward to a CGI U panel on empowering the next generation of girls and women, whose participants will include Chelsea Clinton, Muhammad Yunus, and Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe. “It is such a great opportunity to learn from some of the most inspirational leaders our generation has seen.”

> Watch live updates at the CGI U website

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoMore than $400,000 is available for students to carry out proposals, called Commitments to Action, they will make at CGI U. The funding comes primarily through the CGI University Network of 33 colleges and universities, including SMU, that have committed to support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student innovators and entrepreneurs from their respective schools.

“The schools that have joined the CGI University Network are supporting student commitment-makers to create positive change across the globe,” said President Clinton. “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. I look forward to working with the young leaders who come to Washington University in St. Louis this April with their enthusiasm and their ideas.”

Currently, SMU is supporting 8 students in Clinton Global Initiative University projects:

  • Joshua Bakarich
  • Rahfin Faruk
  • Richard Nixon
  • Chibundu Nnake
  • Daisuke Takeda
  • Ashley Wali
  • William Wooten
  • Michael Zincone

“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 2013 will have the opportunity to make real contributions and forge connections that last a lifetime.”

> Find a complete schedule at the Clinton Global Initiative University homepage

Kelsey Reynolds (’14) contributed to this article.

 

SMU joins the Clinton Global Initiative University Network

Clinton Global Initiative University Network logoSMU has joined Ohio State, Tuskegee University, Brown, Cornell and the University of California-Berkeley as one of 23 members of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network – a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor and provide seed funding to student innovators and entrepreneurs.

With the approval of SMU Provost Paul Ludden, the University’s Office of Engaged Learning has committed the required $10,000 in funding for SMU students who design and execute an accepted CGI U project in one of five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The office will manage the budget and allocate the funds.

Successful applicants must submit their project ideas by the organization’s deadline of Jan. 30, 2013. The deadline for completion of each project will be built into its design, possibly ranging from a single academic term to multiple years. Director of Engaged Learning Susan Kress will guide SMU undergraduates through the process.

These project plans, called Commitments to Action, must be “new, specific and measurable initiatives that address social or environmental challenges on campuses, in communities or in different parts of the world,” according to the CGI U website. These commitments have ranged from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike-share programs, and from creating free vision clinics to mentoring youth through chess.

Through the SMU Engaged Learning initiative, “we’ve identified a few students who are thinking far beyond their years about projects that fit CGI U’s focus areas, and we’ve invited them to apply for funding,” Kress says. She will also work with students to identify faculty experts who can help steer their plans. “Engaged Learning has helped us build some very good relationships with several professors who are willing to work with students” on such projects, she says. Her office will give monthly updates to CGI U on each approved project.

President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (cgiu.org) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders from college campuses around the world in developing plans and taking action to create positive change. Participants attend CGI U’s annual meeting where students, youth organizations, subject matter experts and thought leaders discuss and develop innovative solutions to global challenges.

CGI U 2013 will be held at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5-7. About 1,200 students from around the world are expected to attend. The opportunity to network with peers and leaders at these meetings is “potentially life-changing for some of these students,” Kress says.

Five SMU students have participated independently in CGI U since its inception.

For more information, contact Meleah Chriss in the Office of Engaged Learning, 214-768-3223.

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