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 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.