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Former President Clinton to Host Second Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting to be held at The University of Texas at Austin, February 13-15, 2009

February 03, 2009

New York - Former President Bill Clinton will host the second Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting February 13-15, 2009 at The University of Texas at Austin. CGI U builds on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, to engage college students and administrators to make commitments to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions.

"As the Clinton Global Initiative enters its fifth anniversary year, I am thrilled that our second CGI University Meeting will bring more than 1,000 committed young people and nearly 100 leading university presidents together to address pressing global challenges at The University of Texas at Austin—one of America's great public universities," said President Bill Clinton. "With a strong commitment to diversity, tradition of service, and its easy accessibility to most of the country, we felt UT Austin was an ideal choice for this year's meeting."

CGI U, under sponsorship of Student Government at The University of Texas at Austin, will convene nearly 1,000 college students, approximately 100 university presidents, as well as leading non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and youth leaders. Other attendees will include NFL All-Pro Nnamdi Asomugha, FSU Student-Athlete Myron Rolle, the Daily Show's John Oliver, Matthew McConaughey, Natalie Portman, Luke Russert, and Morgan Spurlock.

Click here for a full list of colleges and universities represented by students attending the CGI U Meeting 2009.

Click here for a full list of colleges and universities represented by presidents attending the CGI U Meeting 2009.

Participants will discuss how student activists can make a difference around the world and each student and university in attendance is asked to make their own Commitment to Action. Over the three day meeting, attendees will participate in forums and working sessions to brainstorm ways to make a difference. On the final day, CGI U Meeting attendees will collaborate with The University of Texas at Austin students to take part in a wide range of community service activities at the Rosewood Park and Recreation Center in East Austin.

All CGI U Meeting attendees make a Commitment to Action – a comprehensive, formal plan of action to address a specific problem on their campus, in their community, or in another state or abroad. While a commitment is a requirement for participation at the meeting, any college student or university can make a commitment throughout the year at Since the inaugural meeting in March 2008 at Tulane University, nearly 1,600 commitments have been made by students and universities worldwide.


Second Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting


Former President Clinton, President William Powers Jr. of The University of Texas at Austin, Student Government President Keshav Rajagopalan of The University of Texas at Austin, over 1,000 college students, nearly 100 college and university presidents, and leaders from government, academia, and non-governmental organizations, including university administrators, social entrepreneurs, youth leaders, and prominent philanthropists.


Events will be held at various locations including the following:
The University of Texas at Austin:
The Alumni Center: 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78712
Gregory Gymnasium: 2101 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712
Austin Convention Center: 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701
Rosewood Park and Recreational Center: 1182 North Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX 78702

Specific locations for individual events are noted in the schedule below.


February 13-15, 2009

***Press check-in: Opens Friday, February 13, 1:00 PM***


To obtain press credentials for CGI U, please email [email protected] by February 12. Please note if you have special needs, such as sat truck parking.

If you have not confirmed your attendance at CGI U by February 12, you will need to register for a press credential on-site on Friday, February 13 between 1 PM – 7 PM.

On Friday, February 13, press check-in will be directly outside the Gregory Gym at The University of Texas at Austin from 1 PM – 7 PM. On February 14, press check-in will take place from 7 AM onwards in the lobby of the Austin Convention Center. On Sunday, February 15, press check-in will occur on-site at the Rosewood Park and Recreational Center from 7 AM.

Please contact [email protected] with credentialing or other questions.

For more information, please visit or

NOTE: Former President Clinton will present commitment certificates at each plenary session.

CGI U 2009 Schedule
Schedule is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit

CGI U is sponsored by B. Rapoport, Dell Inc., the Economist, mtvU, Thomson Reuters, and the Wal-Mart Foundation. To learn more about CGI U please visit

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading global CEOs, heads of foundations and major philanthropists, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,300 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already impacted more than 200 million lives in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 160 million people. CGI will hold its Fifth Anniversary Meeting from September 22-25, 2009 in New York City.

Anybody can make their own Commitment to Action at

For more information please visit

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