President Clinton to Meet with University Students

February 11, 2008

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5229

Calling all students! Former President Bill Clinton wants to meet with you on Tulane University’s campus March 14-16.

Tulane will host the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative-U, a program created by former President Bill Clinton to harness the energy and knowledge of college students to solve some of the world's most pressing problems.

Students from Tulane and from colleges and universities across the nation can sign up now to participate in this star-studded event, which will include former President Clinton, Lauren Bush, James Carville, Dave Eggers, and more.  Deadline is Feb. 18. There is no cost to attend CGI U, and some travel assistance is available.

CGI U is an offshoot of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which was launched by the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2005 as a non-partisan and non-profit organization meant to bring together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

“Today’s college students have an unprecedented capacity to make a difference, both in their communities and half a world away,” said President Clinton. “They also have incredible enthusiasm, optimism, passion to learn and a desire to help others.”

“The CGI model is about collective action to make a difference, and it works because people who care come together not just to talk, but to form partnerships to bring about change. It’s a model that we know works,” says the former president, who wrote a best-selling book entitled Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World in 2007. “By offering it to college students, I hope CGI U will give them a new outlet to tackle problems and foster social change.” 

Similar to the CGI annual meetings held each year in New York City, the first meeting of CGI U at Tulane will inform and motivate college students on the following areas: energy & climate change, global health, poverty alleviation, and peace & human rights.

CGI U will consist of plenary sessions and panel and group discussions that will give students the opportunity to ask questions of panelists, develop ideas and form commitments. Before the event’s closing, students will be asked to make a commitment to do something – big or small – to improve the world.

Students who are unable to attend CGI U will have the opportunity to view all of the sessions through a live webcast at The website will also act as a portal for students to submit their commitments.

Tulane was chosen as the site to host the inaugural CGI U because of the culture of community service that has developed in New Orleans in the post-Katrina era.  Attendees will have the chance to participate in a day-long service project sponsored by CGI U, joining the thousands of others who have already chosen to make a difference.


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