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President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. The meeting brings together more than 1,000 students to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. 

Since 2008, more than 10,000 students around the world have Commitments to Action, and more than $3 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through the CGI U platform, including the University Network, Innovation Fund, Commitments Challenge, and Resolution Project.


How to Apply

The next application deadline will be in fall 2020.  Apply here.

Here are some examples of past projects: Featured Commitments



Students at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of application.  (For example, a graduating senior in the spring is eligible).

Students who will be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in an institution of higher education for the fall semester are also eligible to apply. (For example, a high school senior that will attend MSU Denver in the fall and will be at least 18 by October is eligible).



Metropolitan State University of Denver, as a CGI U Network member, is committed to helping students become leaders within our communities.  Students that are successfully accepted to the CGI U will be connected to sources of funding to assist with attending the annual conference and their Commitment to Action project.  In addition, students will be assigned a mentor to help navigate their project.  For more information, please contact Alyssa Marks, Civic Engagement Program Manager.


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