At the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at George Washington University this past weekend, former President Clinton announced over nine hundred new projects that students and universities will undertake to improve the world.
New commitments announced at the two-day meeting include an expansion of Code the Change, a project of Stanford University student Sam King that hosts Code Jams in which computer science students provide up to twenty-four hours of pro bono volunteer services for nonprofit projects; the development, by Duke University student Patrick Oathout, of Uhuru, an online operating module that uses crowdsourcing technology to increase access to information among the international refugee community; the creation of Teach for Africa, a program by Harvard University student and Kenyan native Peggy Mativo that will provide trained teaching assistants to underserved schools in Nairobi, Kenya; and training workshops taught by Princeton University students Amanda Rees and Corinne Stephenson on how to build and operate solar drying units, enabling Kenyan farmers to dehydrate and preserve otherwise perishable produce.
Sponsored by the Victor Pinchuk and Peter G. Peterson foundations, as well as Microsoft, Laureate International Universities, Andy Nahas, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Peter Kovler, the Prospect Fund, and Booz Allen Hamilton, CGI U 2012 convened more than one thousand students representing all fifty states, eighty-two countries, and over three hundred universities around a wide range of topics, from the global economic crisis and its impact on young people to the youth movement for global health. The second day of the event concluded with a day of service held in partnership with Rebuilding Together and the United Service Organizations.
"Our fifth CGI University meeting has been a real success, with nine hundred and fifteen new commitments made, which brings us to nearly four thousand total commitments since the first meeting in 2008," said President Clinton. "Young people have a greater ability to enact change than ever before, and CGI U is a global network of young people seeking to use the resources at their disposal to make a difference in the world.
To view a complete list of commitments made at this year's meeting, visit the Clinton Global Initiative University Web site.