The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), founded in 2007, is an annual forum where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to urgent global challenges. Students create Commitments to Action that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Since 2008, students have made more than 6,250 commitments, and nearly $3 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U.
The University of Virginia is a Clinton Global Initiative University network member with a strong record of engagement. To date, 69 students UVA students, representing the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Nursing, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Medicine, the School of Architecture and the McIntire School of Commerce, have successfully competed to participate in this global event with leaders and innovators and over 1000 students from 70 universities around the globe. Working within the CGI U focus areas of Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, or Public Health, UVA student commitments have addressed issued such as food use and waste in public schools, emergency housing in low resource communities, and development of a sustained release antibiotic implant intended to slow the development of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.
CGI U offers opportunities for students to collaborate on real-world problem solving in interdisciplinary partnerships. Commitments to Action often serve as a means to pilot research, social entrepreneurship, or service projects which are eligible for funding from UVA sources such as the Jefferson Public Citizens Award, the Center for Global Health Scholar Award and the Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant. The CGI U is an unparalleled opportunity to engage with a global community of leadership and initiative, enrich your academic experience and gain new insight, perspective and an expanded sense of possibility.