Mason Joins Clinton Global Initiative University Network

Posted: November 21, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: November 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

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globe problems cscGeorge Mason University has joined the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. George Mason is now one of more than 35 colleges and universities worldwide that have joined the CGI University Network.

Mason will provide $10,000 in funding to be divided among Mason students who are selected to pursue their Commitments to Action at next year’s meeting, CGI U 2014. Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health. Mason will also mentor student commitment-makers as they develop and implement their plans in the coming months.

“Membership in CGIU offers a great opportunity for Mason students to make a profound difference in the world by addressing urgent global problems with innovative thinking and firm commitments to action,” says Rose Pascarell, vice president for University Life at Mason. “What a great way to move one step closer in our aspiration to be the best university for the world.”

The $10,000 for Mason students will be funded collaboratively between University Life and the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (formerly the Center for Consciousness and Transformation), Pascarell says.

Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 5,500 student leaders from 135 countries and more than 800 schools. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Jack Dorsey, Muhammad Yunus, Hawa Abdi Diblawe and Jon Stewart. For more information about the meeting, visit www.cgiu.org.

The deadline to apply for CGI U 2014 is Jan. 17, 2014, and students can apply online at www.cgiu.org/applying_to_cgiu/.

Write to Michele McDonald at mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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