Clinton family hosts conference at ASU

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 10:35 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Clinton family is coming to the Valley later this month to mobilize students to take action on some of Generation Y's biggest social, economic, and environmental concerns.

Former president Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton will bring together more than 1,000 college student leaders later this month at Arizona State University.

The event is the seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University, taking place March 21-23. Undergraduate and graduate students will engage in developing solutions to some of the most pressing concerns of the Millennial generation, including human rights, women's social and economic empowerment, and combatting HIV/AIDS in the United States.

The Clintons will be joined by experts, entrepreneurs, and celebrities such as Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. John McCain and Cindy Hensley McCain.

"Each year, the commitments and partnerships that come out of CGI University prove that young people are not only up to the task of working towards a safer, more sustainable world, but that they are eager to get started now," said Chelsea Clinton. "Whether interested in starting a social venture to fight HIV/AIDS or increasing women's interest in STEM in remote areas of the world, students come to CGI U to turn their ideas into action. We are thrilled to bring this meeting to ASU, which has the largest solar energy portfolio of any university in America and a strong commitment to positive social change and innovation."

CGI U 2014 attendees will have access to more than $750,000 in seed funding to implement their Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address urgent challenges. The funding marks the largest sum in the meeting's history, including $650,000 from the growing CGI University Network of more than 55 colleges and universities and another $100,000 through the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, a competition between aspiring student entrepreneurs with sustainable enterprises.

Over the past six years, students have made more than 4,000 Commitments to Action, including a CGI U commitment made by Harvard University student Jessica Matthews, which led to the creation of Soccket, a soccer ball that doubles as an eco-friendly generator for people in resource-poor regions. Dartmouth College student Ashifi Gogo made a CGI U commitment to use text messaging to combat the proliferation of counterfeit drugs in the developing world. This became Sproxil, a social business that has raised more than $1.8 million, secured major pharmaceutical clients, and has now been used nearly 8 million times.

On March 23, students will gather in downtown Phoenix for the Clinton Foundation's ninth Day of Action. The morning of community service will be in collaboration with PHX Renews, a partnership between the City of Phoenix and Keep Phoenix Beautiful that aims to transform previously vacant lots in the city into vibrant and sustainable public spaces.

To kick off the Day of Action, Chelsea Clinton and President Bill Clinton will be joined by Mayor of Phoenix Greg Stanton, and Co-Founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and Former Astronaut Mark Kelly.

For the complete schedule of events, visit http://cgilink.org/1ckXpVr.

About Clinton Global Initiative University:
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems - they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Since 2008, students have made more than 4,000 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, the George Washington University, and Washington University in St. Louis, and have convened more than 5,500 students from over 800 schools, 130 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders year-round and at its Annual Meeting to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.  

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