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President Clinton to Open Fourth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at the University of California, San Diego on Friday, April 1, 2011

March 31, 2011

President Clinton to Discuss Innovation with Chad Hurley at Opening Plenary Session Friday Night; Additional Program Participants Will Include Drew Barrymore, Nnamdi Asomugha, Raquel "Rocsi" Diaz, Jose Reyes Ferriz, Lorena Garcia, Van Jones, Mandy Moore, and Sean Penn

Approximately 1,000 Students Expected to Attend, Representing 349 Schools, 90 Countries, and All 50 States

CGI U's Commitment Challenge Bracket Allows Anyone to Vote for Their Favorite Commitment

Contact: press@clintonglobalinitiative.org 

New York, March 31, 2011 - President Clinton will open the fourth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) by announcing innovative student projects that will improve health care in Africa, help children around the world go to school, and increase understanding between American and Middle Eastern college students.

More than 1,000 students will attend CGI U this year, and each one has created a Commitment to Action - a concrete plan to address an issue within CGI U's focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. This year, students and student groups have made 950 new commitments. In addition, more than 59 leaders from National Youth Organizations will attend, and they have made 38 commitments.  

"Young people today have more power to effect change than any generation that has come before," President Clinton said. "Since CGI U was founded in 2008, students and organizations have made more than 3,000 commitments which have improved the lives of thousands of people around the world. These students are taking action to solve the great global challenges of our time - and they are inspiring others to make a difference as well." 

Students attend the CGI U meeting to turn their ideas into action by learning about issues, networking with nationally-known leaders, and gaining inspiration from their peers. The meeting will feature sessions on topics including college affordability, LGBT rights, poverty along the U.S.-Mexico border, and ocean pollution. Students will also participate in hands-on workshops designed to improve their understanding of fundraising, marketing, and community engagement.

This weekend, while there will be tremendous attention paid to athletic accomplishment at the NCAA "Final Four" men's and women's basketball championships, CGI U will celebrate its students' commitments with its inaugural "CGI U Commitments Challenge." Beginning today, everyone will have the chance to vote for their favorite CGI U 2011 commitments at cgiu.org/bracket.

Votes will be tallied and posted in real time and those not at CGI U can follow the action at CGIU.org.  Updates will be given at each plenary session and the winning commitment will be announced at the CGI U closing session by President Clinton on Saturday, April 2. The winner will receive a new Dell laptop.

On Friday, the Opening Plenary panel discussion, "What's the Big Idea? Powering Innovation on Campus and Beyond,"will feature President Clinton; Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Greg Lucier, chairman and CEO of Life Technologies; and Jessica O. Matthews, co-founder and CEO of Unchartered Play and co-inventor of sOccket. The session will also feature opening remarks by Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated and Marye Anne Fox, chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.

The student commitments that will be announced on Friday are:

The School Fund

Student: Matthew Severson

School: Brown University

Worldwide, there are 115 million children who do not go to school, and 75% live in South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008, Matt Severson made a CGI U commitment to create the School Fund, a website that connects people who want to make micro-grants to individual students who need education funding.  After funders make grants, they can communicate via the website with the students they are helping to support. School Fund donors have now fully funded 100 secondary students at 19 schools in Tanzania, Kenya, and Haiti. This year, Matt and his team commit to expand the School Fund to recruit an additional 800 funders for 500 students. The School Fund will also work with students in new countries, including Ethiopia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Dorm Room Diplomacy

Students: Corey Metzman & Jacob Blumenfeld-Gantz

School: University of Pennsylvania

Corey and Jacob, who have both studied Arabic, recently formed Dorm Room Diplomacy, which commits to establish an intercultural dialogue between American and Middle Eastern college students through videoconferencing. Dorm Room Diplomacy will facilitate weekly two-hour videoconferences between American college students and students from the Middle East. Topics will include: cultural stereotypes, American foreign policy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, women's rights, the role of new media outlets, and freedom of speech. At the end of each semester, Dorm Room Diplomacy plans to have students take the Implicit Association Test-an online test developed at Harvard-in order to measure how the participants' perceptions of each other have changed.

DoseRight Syringe Clips in Swaziland

Students: Cindy Dinh, Benjamin Lu, Qing Lina Hu and Amanda Gutierrez

School: Rice University

Swaziland, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has been devastated by the AIDS epidemic. More than a quarter of adults between the ages of 15 and 49 are infected with the virus, and the average life expectancy in the country is 37. Spoons or measuring cups are commonly used to take HIV/AIDS medication, but they often result in inaccurate dosing of antiretroviral medication, which limits the efficacy of the drugs and can lead to viral resistance. Cindy, Benjamin, Qing, and Amanda launched Team DoseRight to distribute DoseRight syringe clips in Swaziland. DoseRight is a simple, inexpensive plastic clip that attaches to an oral syringe and ensures accurate medication dosage by stopping the syringe plunger after the right amount of medication has been dispensed. The DoseRight syringe clip was successfully field-tested during the summer of 2010. Now, Team DoseRight is collaborating with both the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Swaziland Ministry of Health to help distribute the clips.

Use of Emerging Media in Reducing Maternal & Neonatal Mortality in Kenyan Slums

Student: Aggrey Otieno

School: Ohio University

In sub-Saharan Africa, a woman's risk of dying of preventable complications from pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 16, as compared to 1 in 2,800 in the industrialized world. Aggrey grew up in the Korogocho slums in Kenya, and has seen the devastating effects of this problem firsthand. He commits to a two-year initiative to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the Korogocho slums. He will choose a group of volunteers from the slums-pregnant women and their partners-who will send regular, free text messages about their own health, as well as the health of other mothers and babies in their communities. Aggrey will use a software program to aggregate and map the information. Traditional birth attendants will be trained to monitor and add to this map so they can report patterns to local medical practitioners and NGOs. Aggrey will also mobilize youth to create weekly community radio programs and videos about maternal and neonatal health.

On Sunday, April 3, the program will culminate in a service project, in which CGI U attendees and volunteers will work alongside 100 local veterans at the San Diego Food Bank. The San Diego Food Bank provides food to over 340,000 individuals monthly, while also advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Participants will sort, inspect, package, and distribute food for low-income military and non-military families, and help with beautification projects. In total, they will contribute more than 2,500 hours of service for the Food Bank.

CGI U is sponsored by the Dell Social Innovation Competition, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Laureate Education, Life Technologies, mtvU, Andy Nahas and The Prospect Fund, Qualcomm Incorporated, and U.S. Global Investors.

About CGI U

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) challenges college students to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U members do more than simply discuss problems - they take concrete steps to solve them by building relationships, creating action plans, participating in hands-on workshops, and following-up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Miami, and have convened more than 2,500 students from 575 schools in 99 countries and all 50 states. To learn more, visit CGIU.org.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by 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 nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 170 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 19-22 in New York City.

This year, CGI will also convene a meeting focused on driving job creation and economic recovery in the United States. The meeting, CGI America, is the first CGI event solely dedicated to U.S. issues, and will take place in Chicago June 29-30.

The CGI community also includes MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

PRESS LOGISTICS & SCHEDULE

What:                         Fourth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

Who:                         President Clinton, more than 1,000 college students, more than 50

representatives of National Youth Organizations, and program participants including Nnamdi Asomugha, Drew Barrymore, Raquel "Rocsi" Diaz, Jose Reyes Ferriz, Lorena Garcia, Chad Hurley, Van Jones, Mandy Moore, and Sean Penn. For a complete list of featured program participants, please visit http://bit.ly/CGIUParticipants.

When:             April 1-3 (FULL SCHEDULE BELOW)

President Clinton will host a press conference on Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in the Price Center's Communidad Room. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing press@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Where:             Events will take place in various locations.

Press Registration

Ground Floor Lobby

RIMAC Arena

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr.

La Jolla, CA 92093

Plenary Sessions

RIMAC Arena

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr.

La Jolla, CA 92093

Working and Skill Sessions

Price Center, Center Hall, and Student Services Center

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr.

La Jolla, CA 92093

Service Project

San Diego Food Bank

9850 Distribution Avenue
San Diego, CA 92121-2320

**** ALL PRESS MUST BE CREDENTIALED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. ****

Press must apply for credentials at http://bit.ly/cgiu2011press by 6 p.m. March 31. We will notify you when your application has been approved. Limited press registration will be allowed on site, but may be subject to delays and space limitations. If you have any problems or questions, please email press@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Credential pick-up and on-site registration will take place in the ground floor lobby of RIMAC Arena at the University of California, San Diego. Press registration will be open Friday, April 1, 1-9 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. NOTE: To pick up your credential, you MUST bring a valid government-issued ID.

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WEBCAST AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Many sessions will be webcast live at www.cgiu.org. Follow us on Twitter (@cgiu and @clintonglobal) or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CGIUniversity. 

SCHEDULE

Friday, April 1

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM                         RIMAC Arena

Plenary Session: What's the Big Idea?: Powering Innovation on Campus and Beyond

Press set-time: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

From soccer balls that generate energy to maps that use crowdsourced crisis data, countless out-of-the-box student ideas are addressing global challenges in ways that

never seemed imaginable. What may begin as a brainstorm in a lecture hall can one day become a new world-changing product, policy, or technology. Yet all too often,

young changemakers face significant hurdles when trying to translate their big ideas into concrete action. How can students work with universities, NGOs, and the private

sector to support innovation on and off campus? How can universities provide the tools and resources that foster a culture of creative problem solving? This panel of serial entrepreneurs will detail their own paths from idea to implementation, and will describe how to harness innovation in a world where good ideas can spread faster than ever before.

Remarks:

Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated

Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

Chad Hurley, Co-founder, YouTube; Co-founder and Chairman, Hlaska

Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Gregory T. Lucier, Chief Executive Officer, Life Technologies

Jessica O. Matthews, Jessica O. Matthews, Co-founder and CEO, Uncharted Play Inc.; Co-Inventor, sOccket

Saturday, April 2

 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM                         RIMAC Arena

Plenary Session: The Urban Planet: Solutions for a Crowded World

Press Set-Time: 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

For the first time in its history, the Earth now has more urban than rural residents. By 2030, the UN projects that the planet will have more than 5 billion city dwellers. From

Sao Paolo to Shanghai, cities are increasingly the gateway to economic possibility for billions, but many exploding metropolitan regions around the world already struggle

to provide basic levels of food, water, shelter, sanitation, and schooling to all of their residents. Few policymakers are fully aware of the long-term ramifications of a rapidly

urbanizing planet. How can the transportation, health, education, and infrastructure crises that are already plaguing cities be addressed in a creative and effective manner? This panel will explore the innovative ways that students and universities can work to create sustainable and prosperous 21st century cities.

Participants:

Van Jones, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Princeton University

Shi Nan, Secretary General, Urban Planning Society of China

Simran Sethi, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Kansas

Anu Sridharan, Co-founder, NextDrop

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Price Center, Ballroom West B, Level 2

Working Session: Building Resilient Societies: Education in Post-Disaster Contexts

Climate change and natural disasters can have a huge impact on education in both the developed and developing world. From Hurricane Katrina to the earthquake in Haiti

and the floods in Pakistan, such disasters require both immediate emergency response mechanisms and a broader rebuilding strategy focused on education and long-term infrastructure. They can even provide an opportunity to rebuild better, allowing for the infusion of innovation, new resources, and international attention to propel an education system forward. International organizations, country-level ministries, and NGOs are focusing on ways to use education to restore a sense of normalcy and also mitigate the future impact of environmental catastrophes. This panel will highlight innovative approaches to post-disaster education, focusing on how individuals in the global community have responded to the acute needs caused by recent natural disasters.

Participants:

Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Chief Executive and Founding Director, Children's Global Network Pakistan

Raquel "Rocsi" Diaz, TV Personality, RocStar Rebuilds

Paul Franz, Journalist, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Baltazar S. Tribunalo Jr., Country Program Advisor on Child Centered Climate and Disaster Risk Management, lan International Inc. - Philippines

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room

Working Session: The Anatomy of a Building: Breaking Down Our Built Environment

Buildings are stealth culprits of global warming, accounting for approximately 40 percent of energy use and carbon emissions in the United States. Every aspect of a

building's design is part of the equation that contributes to its environmental impact. Yet any single building can serve as a living example of the potential to demonstrate

sustainable design and green jobs through efficiency retrofits, water conservation measures, photovoltaic panels, and even rooftop gardens. This panel will convene

experts and students that have specific experience with planning and executing effective green building projects. By looking at a breakdown of the various opportunities for sustainability that any building presents, the panel will demonstrate tangible and practical actions to improve the whole organism of a building.

Participants:

Ann V. Edminster, Founder and Principal, Design AVEnues LLC

Danny Kennedy, Founder, Sungevity

Priscilla Lee, Founder and Manager, White Tops NYC

Peggy Liu, Chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy

Kevin Surace, Chief Executive Officer, Serious Materials

 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Center Hall, Room 101

Working Session: LGBT Rights in the U.S. and Beyond

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights have returned to the spotlight, as a rash of suicides and hate crimes have grabbed headlines around the world.

While a sweeping shift in public opinion is occurring regarding gay rights, the LGBT community itself is often divided and conflicted regarding its highest priorities. On the

domestic front, campaigns surrounding marriage rights and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military have been recently overshadowed by numerous tragedies on

campus for the gay community. In Uganda, a controversial law was nearly passed that would make homosexual activity punishable by death. This panel will discuss key

issues facing the LGBT community, the diverse political climates in which they operate, and effective strategies for organizing at the local, national, and international levels.

Participants:

Alexis Ortega, Founding Member, National Marriage Boycott

Richard Socarides, President, Equality Matters

Steave Ismael Nemande Tchatchoua, Director, Alternatives Cameroun

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Price Center, Ballroom East

Working Session: On the Edge: Poverty Along the US-Mexico Border

Roughly 14 million people live along the 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico, and this population is expected to double by 2025. Poverty rates are

high, education rates are low, and violence is escalating. Deteriorating security along the border is putting much of the hard work that has been done to address poverty in

the region at risk. Many colinas, or border communities, lack basic necessities, including safe drinking water, electricity, and sewage systems. These hardships are

compounded by the fact that many residents of the border region are migrants who must rely on temporary and transient work. This session will highlight efforts to improve economic opportunity for those on both sides of the border through participatory income generation and skill building programs, many of which are student-driven.  Panelists will also address the ways in which the current security challenges are forcing organizations to reorient their work, and will share promising efforts that are addressing the unique needs of the poor in this region and helping to build resilient communities.

Participants:

Jose Reyes Ferriz, Former Mayor of Ciudad Juarez

Ana Gabriela Perez, Social Innovation Manager, Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos S.A. de C.V.

Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director, Via International

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Price Center, Ballroom West A, Level 2

Working Session: Scaling Up, Saving Lives: Confronting the Health Workforce Crisis

The world is currently facing a massive shortage of health workers. More than 4 million additional doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, and other key public health

workers are needed to fill this gap. The lack of skilled workers is especially acute in Africa, which bears 24 percent of the global disease burden and is home to 67 percent

of the world's HIV-positive population, yet has only 2.8 percent of the world's health workforce. Developed countries-with a rising tide of chronic health problems and an

aging health workforce-are also struggling with a demand for health workers that is far outpacing supply. In 15 years, the U.S. will face a projected shortage of 130,000

doctors. While the scale of the crisis is staggering, proven solutions do exist. This panel will discuss recent initiatives to sustain and build the health workforce, and

potential interventions which can help reshape and reform medical training and the health care delivery system.

Participants:

Michele Barry, Director, Center for Global Health and Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Stanford University

Emily Bearse, Recruitment Director, Global Health Corps

Pape A. Gaye, President and CEO, IntraHealth International, Inc

Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Founder, Village Health Works

Rajesh Panjabi, Executive Director, Tiyatien Health; Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Center Hall, Room 109

Skill Session: Creating Buzz: Using Social Media to Market Your Cause

Beyond a quick press release or an article in the school newspaper, what are some creative ways to raise the profile of the work done by CGI U members? This session

will address both traditional marketing and media strategies and successful new media and digital organizing strategies, including web and film.

Participants:

Alexis Ohanian, Founder and Chief Swine Defender, Breadpig

Ben Rattray, Chief Executive Officer, Change.org

 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Center Hall, Room 119

Skill Session: From the Bottom Up: Grassroots Community Engagement

How do you work with communities instead of for them? This skill session will focus on commitments that work within underserved communities on both a domestic and

global level. Discussions will focus on developing projects in a culture-specific context, creating community-based approaches in partnership with local leadership, and

other challenges specific to community engagement.

Participants:

Sonia Sarkar, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Health Leads

Kimmie L. Weeks, Executive Director, Youth Action International, Inc.

 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM             Center Hall, Room 113

Skill Session: Raising Money for Your Commitment

This session will explore the resources available to commitment makers in order to secure funding for their respective projects. Key themes of this skill session will include

effective and innovative fundraising strategies, potential funding opportunities, and grant writing skills.

Participants:

Diana Ayton-Shenker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fast Forward Fund

Grant La Rouche, President, Nonprofit Jiu-Jitsu

  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Center Hall, Room 105

Skill Session: The Next Step: Moving from Idea to Action

This student-led session is geared towards individuals in the early stages of their commitments. Former CGI U commitment-makers will guide attendees through the

process of turning a commitment from vision to reality, while discussing partnership building, fundraising strategies, and other relevant skills needed to develop a

successful commitment.

Participants:

Christopher Moses, Co-founder and Operations Leader, Sana Mobile

Subir Sutradhar, Medical Student, Kenya Ceramic Project

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Price Center, Communidad Room

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing press@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM RIMAC Arena

Plenary Session: Financial Aid: Innovation for Affordability

Press set-time: 1:30 - 2:15

Around the world, the price of higher education is becoming a major barrier to success. The cost of a college education in the U.S. has increased more than five-fold in the last 30 years, far outpacing income growth. In the developing world, college financing options for low-income students are virtually nonexistent. Tuition-free e-schools, open-source textbooks, and other promising educational technologies are beginning to fundamentally redefine how students learn and how much education should cost.  As college degrees simultaneously become more expensive and more critical for future economic success, how can students work with universities, governments, NGOs, and financial institutions to create innovative college affordability solutions and additional low-cost, digital learning tools? What successful financing mechanisms already exist, particularly for low-income students? This session will examine a wide variety of strategies and best practices that are making college more affordable and accessible.

Participants:

Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled Foundation

Eduardo M. Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

Ifreke B. Williams, Medical Student; Regional Coordinator, Wellness and Student Life Action Committee, American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Price Center, Ballroom West B, Level 2

Working Session: Education Pathways and Opportunities for Adolescents

There is an urgent crisis in education: a critical lack of resources and options for young people at the post-primary level in developing countries. In addition to the 69 million

out-of-school primary-aged children in the world, an additional 71 million young people are not enrolled in school at the post-primary level. Moreover, there are more young

people ages 12-24 today than ever before. Of the 1.5 billion young people in this age group, 1.3 billion live in developing countries, creating a "youth bulge." Many of these

young people find themselves with few viable schooling options. The International Labour Organization estimates that 300 million young people are "working poor" and living on less than $2 per day. This panel will focus on addressing the critical needs of adolescents, providing context and inspiration for how young people can actively address the needs of their peers around the globe.

Participants:

Joel Arquillos, Executive Director, 826LA

Margaret Meagher, Program Manager, Youth Learning, The MasterCard Foundation

Vivian Onano, Ambassador, Global Give Back Circle

Richard Robbins, Founder and Director, The Documentary Group

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM             ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE WORKING SESSION

Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room

Working Session: Changing Tides: Addressing Ocean Degradation

The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poignantly reminds us that we cannot take our oceans' health for granted. Nearly half of the world's population lives within 200

kilometers of the coast, a number that is expected to double by 2025. More than half of all Americans live on or near the coast, and one in every six jobs in the U.S. is

marine-related. But pollution and ecological degradation threaten the productivity of the oceans and the livelihoods that depend on them. Oceans are routinely subject to

overfishing, harmful algal blooms from sewage and fertilizer runoff, and islands of floating plastic waste. How can students and universities tackle an issue of such massive scale and complexity? This panel will bring together ocean experts and individuals with years of hands-on project experience to illustrate the role that students can play in restoring healthy ocean ecosystems and the livelihoods that depend on them.

Participants:

Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and Founder, Mission Blue

Donna Frye, Co-owner, Skip Frye Surfboards; Founder, Surfers Tired of Pollution

Mitchell Lay, Coordinator, Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations

Bryson Robertson, Director, OceanGybe; Student, University of Guelph

Ted Waitt, President, Waitt Foundation

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM                         Center Hall, Room 101

Working Session: Scarcity and Crisis: Food, Water, and Energy as a Right and a Conflict Driver

The age of "easy oil" is virtually over, with most remaining reserves in politically unstable or geographically hard-to-reach locations, further increasing the risk of price

volatility. Global food security appears similarly unstable as the productivity gains of the 20th century's Green Revolution are stagnating, even as food demand is forecast to rise by 50 percent by 2030. In 2009, the number of undernourished people in the world rose by 150 million to more than a billion, spurred by the spike in food costs and the ensuing global economic downturn. This triggered political unrest in 61 countries, while more than 30 countries introduced food export bans or restrictions. Finally,

unsustainable surface and ground water extraction, combined with the impacts of climate change, will only exacerbate existing water scarcity issues in many parts of the

world. This session will examine how resource scarcity drives political instability and violence. Panelists will highlight promising opportunities for action and existing

effective strategies for addressing the looming food, water, and energy crises.

Participants:

Nnimmo Bassey, Chair, Friends of the Earth International

Alexandra Cousteau, Founder and President, Blue Legacy International

Julia Hausermann, Founder and President, Rights and Humanity

Joshua Newton, Student and Consultant, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM                         Price Center, Ballroom East

Working Session: Seeking Shelter: The Power of Safe and Affordable Housing

By the year 2030, 3 billion people around the world will lack access to safe, affordable housing. To meet this need, 96,150 new housing units need to be created each day

over the next twenty years. After food and water, shelter is one of the most fundamental human needs. The often complex and interrelated causes of homelessness are many and varied - from illness to recession, from political unrest to natural disasters. In the U.S., foreclosures are still forcing thousands of families out of their homes each month. Without an address, individuals cannot qualify for welfare programs, including food stamps and government health care. In our increasingly urban world, more than 1 billion people now live in slums. This panel will look at the relationship between housing and poverty, and will highlight smart housing projects that are addressing the shelter needs of the poor while also incorporating broader social and environmental needs.

Participants:

Claude Jeudy, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Haiti

Bryan Mauk, Executive Director, Su Casa

Ananya Roy, Professor, Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley

Kate Stohr, Managing Director, Architecture for Humanity

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM                         Price Center, Ballroom West A, Level 2

Working Session: The Global Paradox: Hunger and Obesity

As the world recovers from recent food and financial crises, nearly 1 billion people remain hungry, while another 1 billion are overweight. At no other time in history has the world experienced such a discrepancy between the number of people who are either obese or face acute starvation. In many households around the globe, a lack of

financial capital contributes to both hunger and obesity, a paradox that is created in part by the economics of buying food. Cheap, high-calorie foods are sought out by

some households to save limited funds and stave off hunger, while other families struggle to find any food to eat at all. The escalating levels of global hunger and obesity are entwined in a single issue: the inability to get food where it is needed and the inability of the hungry to afford it. Yet eliminating food insecurity is feasible. Panelists will share examples from their efforts to end hunger and malnutrition, and discuss potential roles that students can play in the prevention of these two public health crises.

Participants:

Mark Arnoldy, Founder, NepalNUTrition

Lorena Garcia, Executive Chef and Restauranteur, Lorena Garcia Group

Ellen Gustafson, Founder and Executive Director, The 30 Project

Raj Patel, Fellow, Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First

 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM                         Center Hall, Room 109

Skill Session: Creating Buzz: Using Social Media to Market Your Cause

Beyond a quick press release or an article in the school newspaper, what are some creative ways to raise the profile of the work done by CGI U members? This session

will address both traditional marketing and media strategies and successful new media and digital organizing strategies, including web and film.

Participants:

Dan Morrison, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Citizen Effect

Victoria Nastri, University Relations, mtvU

  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Center Hall, Room 119

Skill Session: From the Bottom Up: Grassroots Community Engagement

How do you work with communities instead of for them? This skill session will focus on commitments that work within underserved communities on both a domestic and

global level. Discussions will focus on developing projects in a culture-specific context, creating community-based approaches in partnership with local leadership, and

other challenges specific to community engagement.

Participants:

Claire-Cecile Pierre, Director, Program in Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Michael de la Rocha, Singer-Songwriter; Legislative Deputy, Office of Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas

 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM                         Center Hall, Room 113

Skill Session: Raising Money for Your Commitment

This session will explore the resources available to commitment makers in order to secure funding for their respective projects. Key themes of this skill session will include

effective and innovative fundraising strategies, potential funding opportunities, and grant writing skills.

Participants:

Daniel Epstein, Founding President, Unreasonable Institute

Manmeet Mehta , Program Officer, GlobalGiving

  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Center Hall, Room 105

Skill Session: The Next Step: Moving from Idea to Action

This student-led session is geared towards individuals in the early stages of their commitments. Former CGI U commitment-makers will guide attendees through the

process of turning a commitment from vision to reality, while discussing partnership building, fundraising strategies, and other relevant skills needed to develop a

successful commitment.

Participants:

Cynthia Koenig, Founder and CEO, Wello

Kyle McCollom, Founder, Triple Thread Apparel

 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM                         RIMAC Arena

Plenary Session: A Conversation with President Clinton

Press set-time: 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

What can students learn from those who are working on the front lines in some of the most distressed places on the planet? How can CGI U attendees translate their

ambitious commitments into meaningful results in the months and years ahead? This conversation will highlight how individuals and organizations can effectively work in

partnership with under-resourced communities in an empowering, productive, and ultimately successful manner.

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

Kennedy Odede, President and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities

Sean Penn, Humanitarian and Actor; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, J/P Haitian Relief Organization

Sunday, April 3

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM                         CGI U Service Project at the San Diego Food Bank

                                                9850 Distribution Avenue                                                                                                                         San Diego, CA 92121

                                                OPEN PRESS

The CGI U Service Project will be held at the San Diego Food Bank. The San Diego Food Bank, established in 1977, provides food to over 340,000 individuals monthly, while also advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Funded by foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, and individual donors, the Food Bank distributes over 18 million pounds of food annually to individuals and families directly and through a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Attendees who participate in this morning of service will be assigned to one of eight volunteer projects held concurrently alongside a largescale food distribution for targeted local low-income military and non-military families. The projects will include: packaging food for the Senior Food Program, distributing food to low-income military and non-military families, sorting, inspecting & packing food for the Emergency Food Program, landscaping work around the Food Bank's 72,000 sq. ft. warehouse, internal and external beautification projects, and a mural painting on-site, as well as, packaging healthy weekend food bags for chronically hungry elementary school students on the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. The work and support of CGI U Service Project attendees in April will account for over 2,500 hours of service for the Food Bank.

Remarks:

(9:30-10:00 AM)

Eugene "Mitch" Mitchell, Chairman, San Diego Food Bank

Irwin M. Jacobs, Former Chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated

Drew Barrymore, Ambassador Against Hunger, UN World Food Programme 

J.R. Martinez, Actor and Speaker, KnowJR.com

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

Press parking: reserved on-site

Press entrance: signage at site providing directions

Press set-time: 7:30-8:00 AM

Cable run: 100 feet

Mult, riser and power provided.

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