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President Clinton Announces the Fifth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

January 19, 2012

Jon Stewart to join President Clinton for CGI U 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Chelsea Clinton; Jon Stewart; and Cynthia Koenig, chief executive officer, Wello among the key speakers at CGI U 2012

Application deadline is January 23, 2012 and students can apply online at

New York, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton announced the fifth meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which will be convened March 30-April 1, 2012 in Washington, D.C. at the George Washington (GW) University. Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), CGI U brings together approximately 1,000 students from all over the world, along with nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change.

“I am proud to hold this year’s CGI U in the nation’s capital, an ideal place to foster civic engagement among today’s young leaders and generate student commitments to better our world,” said President Clinton. “In the last five years, CGI U has convened more than 3,500 students from 641 schools in 110 countries and all 50 states. These students represent the hope I have for our next generation, and I am excited to see the innovative solutions that they will bring to CGI U in 2012.”

The CGI U meetings consist of working sessions, skill sessions, and large plenary sessions, where participants can learn about innovative approaches to solving global issues. Additionally, each CGI U meeting features a large-scale service project where CGI U attendees give back to the local community. The CGI U 2012 plenary sessions topics include:  

  • The Power of Public Service, which will highlight the important work of groundbreaking public servants and discuss effective ways to build a broader culture of active civic engagement;
  • The Wisdom of Failure: Building a Culture of Creative Problem Solving, which will explore how to embrace failure as an opportunity for innovation and entrepreneurship; and  
  • Futurenomics: Creating Opportunity in an Unstable World, which will address how young people can move beyond business-as-usual and create economic opportunity for generations to come. 

Speakers at this year’s CGI U meeting will include Chelsea Clinton; Jon Stewart, executive producer and host, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; Rye Barcott, founder, Carolina for Kibera; Sadiqa Basiri, co-founder, Oruj Learning Center; Robin Chase, chief executive officer, Buzzcar; Dr. Ashifi Gogo, founder and chief executive officer, Sproxil, Inc.; Cynthia Koenig, chief executive officer, Wello; and Kathryn Schulz, author, Being Wrong.

Each CGI U participant makes a Commitment to Action – a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on their campus, in their local community, or around the world. Commitments range from installing energy-efficient light bulbs to establishing campus bike share programs, from distributing life-saving water filtration kits to designing medical backpacks for nomadic doctors in Africa.

The CGI U application is available at www.cgiu.orgThe deadline for applications is Monday, January 23, 2012.

GW was selected as the host of CGI U 2012 given the school’s longstanding commitment to developing a culture of public service among its university community. This meeting in Washington, D.C. marks the first time that the CGI U meeting will be held in the Northeast region.

View and share session webcasts from the CGI U 2012 by visiting: Follow us on Twitter at@CGIU and @ClintonGlobal or on Facebook at for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGIU.

In addition to the University meeting, CGI also convenes the CGI Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, and CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States. The 2012 CGI Annual Meeting will be held on September 23-25 at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City and the 2012 CGI America meeting will be held on June 7-8 in Chicago.


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. Their efforts have culminated in approximately 3,000 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, and the University of California at San Diego, and have convened more than 3,500 students from 641 schools in 110 countries and all 50 states. The fifth annual CGI U meeting will be held at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. from March 30 – April 1, 2012. To learn more, visit

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

About the George Washington University

In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an act of Congress in 1821. Today, George Washington is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, it enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

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