CGI U Heads to Austin

The second annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting will take place from February 13 to 15 at the University of Texas, Austin. Nearly 1,000 students and 100 college and university presidents will be challenged to address issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, inequities in education, forced labor and other human rights abuses, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The FiveCurrents production is intended to inspire students and campus administrators to improve the world locally and internationally by addressing pressing issues with practical, innovative solutions.  The participants’ experience will culminate with various community service activities at the Rosewood Park and Recreation Center in East Austin.

“We are honored to host the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University,” UT President William Powers Jr. told the Statesman. “This program, with its goal to engage people in making commitments to address global problems and issues, is of particular interest to our university because our motto is, ‘What Starts Here Changes the World,’ and we believe in that purpose. I anticipate an inspirational three days of big ideas and high energy.”

CGI U is expected to draw several well-know film, media and sports personalities who are actively involved in philanthropic causes.

“We’re really excited,” Keshav Rajagopalan, the president of UT’s student government told the Statesman. “A lot of students are talking about this. It gives them the opportunity to be part of a really neat event.”

The first annual CGI U took place at Tulane University and nearly 1,600 commitments were made. For more information on CGI U, please visit


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