Third Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at UM, April 16-18

President Clinton to host third annual event where more than 1,000 students develop solutions for global issues.

New York, NY (March 26, 2010) — President Bill Clinton will host the third Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting from April 16-18, 2010 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Building on the success of the Clinton Global Initiative, CGI U engages university students, organizations and administrators to make commitments that address global issues with practical, innovative solutions. Previous meetings were held at Tulane University in New Orleans and The University of Texas at Austin.

“I am so proud of the young leaders who have come through the Clinton Global Initiative University. Since the first CGI U meeting in 2008, students from 53 countries have made more than 2,000 commitments that are positively affecting hundreds of thousands of lives around the world,” said President Clinton. “As one of America’s leading intuitions of higher education, the University of Miami offers the ideal venue for the more than 1,000 students who will attend the third annual CGI U meeting to share ideas and join together in taking action to improve the world we all share.”

CGI U will convene more than 1,000 college students, approximately 100 university presidents, as well as leading non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and youth leaders. Attendees include Paul Farmer, Co-Founder of Partners in Health; Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General; John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff and President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami President and Former Secretary of Health and Human Services; Kalpen Modi, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement; Mayor Bob Dixson, Greenburg, KS; Usher Raymond, Grammy-winning artist and Founder, Usher’s New Look; Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers of America; Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skater; Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders cornerback; Alonzo Mourning, Founder, Alonzo Mourning Charities and former NBA player; Mandy Moore, actress and activist; Kenna Zemedkun, Grammy-nominated artist and Executive Director of Summit on the Summit; and Heather Graham, actress.

CGI U attendees will participate in workshops and meetings focused on five main topics that are of particular importance to college students: education, environment & climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and global health.

Participants will discuss how student activists can make a difference around the world. Over the three-day meeting, attendees will participate in forums and working sessions to brainstorm ways to make a difference.

All CGI U Meeting attendees make a Commitment to Action – a comprehensive, formal plan of action to address a specific problem on their campus, in their community, or around the world. Since the inaugural meeting in March 2008 at Tulane University, nearly 2,000 commitments have been made by students and universities worldwide.

CGI U is proud to announce, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, the return of the Outstanding Commitment Awards. Recipients of the Outstanding Commitment Award will receive anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 towards implementing their commitments.

On the final day, CGI U Meeting attendees will collaborate with the University of Miami students to take part in a wide range of community service activities at the Homestead Air Base at the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s Homestead complex. This is a community of approximately 500 formerly homeless individuals and families. The complex is comprised of a full-service homeless assistance center which provides on-site health and dental care, a Head Start school program, case management, housing for U.S. veterans, transitional housing and a dog kennel.

Attendees will rehabilitate existing facilities and grounds to help prepare for the Trust’s upcoming expansion, which will include the addition of 145 permanent housing units, an organic nursery, and a farmers market. The Homeless Trust’s expanded facility will serve as a cutting-edge national model for homeless assistance, affordable housing, and micro-enterprise.

What: Third Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

Who: President Clinton, over 1,000 college students, nearly 100 college and university presidents, and leaders from government, academia, and non-governmental organizations, including university administrators, social entrepreneurs, youth leaders, and prominent philanthropists.

Where: Events will be held at various locations:

Press Registration:

BankUnited Center (BUC)
1245 Dauer Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146

All Plenary Sessions including Opening and Closing: BankUnited Center Left/Visiting Team Entrance
1245 Dauer Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146

Friday and Saturday Night Receptions:

Whitten University Center Patio University of Miami
1306 Stanford Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146

Service Project:

28500 S.W. 125th Avenue (at the former Homestead Air Reserve Base) Miami, FL 33033

Specific locations for individual events are noted in the schedule below.

When: April 16-18, 2010

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 more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading global CEOs, heads of foundations and major philanthropists, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already impacted more than 220 million people in more than 170 countries. CGI will hold its 2010 Annual Meeting from September 21-23, 2010 in New York City.

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