Students Commit at Clinton Event


Dean Isaac Prilleltensky and EtionyAldarondo

Bill Clinton opens CGI U, with panelists Regina Benjamin, U.S. surgeon general; Sam Adelsberg, LendforPeace.org; Robyn Allen, Vehicle Design Summit; and Pharrell Williams, Kidult.org.

More than 1,300 students and 100 college and university presidents from around the world attended the third Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at the University of Miami from April 16 to 18. Former President Bill Clinton—who formed CGI U’s parent organization, CGI, in 2005— UM President Donna E. Shalala, celebrity activists Heather Graham and Pharrell Williams, health leaders such as Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, and many others discussed ways to tackle urgent concerns ranging from education, poverty, and climate change to global health and human rights. The more than 1,000 Commitments to Action students made in these areas are expected to aid up to 300,000 individuals around the world, announced Clinton. UM students made about 250 commitments, 13 of which received seed money from UM. “Whether they are distributing microloans, building community gardens, or teaching children about nutrition, the students here are dedicated to expanding opportunity for others,” said Clinton. To see more CGI U photos, visit www.miami.edu/miami-magazine/cgiu.