Oregon State University

Clinton Global Initiative University

Clinton Global Initiative University

In summer 2013, OSU formally joined the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) network. President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.  The centerpiece of the annual meeting involves student attendees posing Commitments to Action, specific plans, to address pressings challenges on campus, in the community, or around the world.

CGI U efforts are focused on five areas of commitment: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. 

Please consult the CGI U website for more information.

OSU’s involvement in the network enables our students to gain financial support to participate in the CGI U national meeting and financial support and consultation to launch their Commitments to Action through the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.  Funding for travel assistance for the CGI U meeting is available through the CGI U national office. President Clinton will host the seventh meeting of CGI U from March 21-23, 2014 at Arizona State University.  Opportunities for engagement and support are open to graduate and undergraduate students, individual student and groups.  Additionally, Laurie Bridges, through the OSU Library, has created an OSU website to assist students in conducting research for Commitment to Action projects.

If you are interested in developing a project in one of CGI U’s focus areas please visit the CGI U application website to become familiar with the Initiative, how to apply for CGI U sponsored funding, examples of past commitments to action, as well as to better understand the commitment process.


Suggestions for Students Pursuing CGI U Projects and Funding

1.      Brainstorm different ideas for action.

2.      Make sure your commitment is a new project for the individual or group proposing the commitment.

3.      Each commitment should achieve results that are measurable and that can be reported back to the CGI U team.

4.      Once you’ve come up with an informal plan, start soliciting feedback from classmates, professors, administrators, student groups, and community members in order to refine your thinking.

5.      Make sure your Commitment is measureable.

6.      Prepare your Commitment to Action application (linked to below).

7.      Submit your Commitment to Action application to 632 Kerr Administration Building by December 10, 2013.

8.      You will receive feedback on your Commitment to Action application.

9.      If your Commitment to Action is funded, submit your travel funding request to 632 Kerr Administration Building by January 15, 2014.

10.  Apply to CGI U by January 17, 2014.

11.  If accepted, attend CGI U, March 21-23, 2014.

12.  Following CGI U submit necessary receipts.

13.  Following CGI U continue with your Commitment to Action project.

Download the Commitment to Action Funding Request Form.

Submit an itemized budget via email to Larry Roper at larry.roper@oregonstate.edu by the November 15, 2013 7:00 am deadline. Submit any additional commitment details via email to Larry Roper at larry.roper@oregonstate.edu by the December 10, 2013 7:00 am deadline.

Download the Travel Funding Support Form.

Submit travel funding support form via email to Larry Roper at larry.roper@oregonstate.edu by the January 15, 2014 noon deadline.

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
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