Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Clinton Global Initiative University

Professor Denise Crossan and President Clinton at CGIU 2017

Meet Social Changemakers in Chicago!

CGI University (CGI U) is a growing network of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Building on the successful Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) model, President Bill Clinton launched CGI U to engage the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators from college campuses around the world. The CGI U meeting includes Plenary Sessions, Working Sessions, and other special events that provide participants with a wide variety of knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities. The program allows CGI U participants to discuss global issues, develop practical skills, identify potential partners, and formulate concrete plans of action for the months ahead.

CGI U is more than just an event – it is a growing community of young leaders who are forging innovative solutions to pressing global challenges through their Commitments to Action. All CGI U students are required to develop a Commitment to Action that is new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on their campus, in their local community, or around the world, in these five focus areas:

  • Education
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Peace and Human Rights
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Public Health

Here you will find examples of CGI U commitments by focus area that are already making a measurable difference around the world [PDF].

Why should students apply to CGI U?

CGI U provides mentorship for young commitment-makers. All students accepted to CGI U 2018 will be assigned a mentor who will help guide them as they develop their Commitments to Action. Mentors are former CGI U students with academic backgrounds and professional expertise in their given fields. See our impressive roster of Commitment Mentors from 2017.

CGI U is a growing network for student leaders. Each year, students tell us that meeting fellow social innovators is one of the most impactful experiences they have had. Throughout the year, CGI U provides online engagement opportunities where students can interface not only with Clinton Foundation staff, but with other students and a network of more than 10,000 alums making a difference around the world.

CGI U students go on to do great things! Many students tell us how CGI U served as a catalyst to turn their idea into action and holds them accountable to their commitment. Check out highlights of students from CGI U 2017 in Boston, and read these impressive profiles of our CGI U Honor Roll alumni, who have made significant impact through their Commitments to Action.

CGIU Information Session, Panel Discussion & Networking Event

Join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) on April, 2nd at Swarthmore College for an exciting networking event open to any student or faculty member in the Philadelphia area.
Alyssa Trometter, Senior Partnerships Manager at the Clinton Foundation will offer a presentation about the CGI Commitment to Action model and how to apply to attend our 2018 annual meeting taking place at the University of Chicago from October 19-21, 2018. This is followed by a panel discussion with CGI U alumni from Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. There will be a chance to have your individual questions answered after the panel.
The presentation and panel discussion will be held from 4:30-5:30pm at the Keith Room at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility (3-5 Whittier Place, Swarthmore PA 19081) on Swarthmore College’s campus. An informal networking session follows from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.

Registration is required, as capacity is limited. Register here.

Please email or with any questions or concerns.

Miss the CGI U information session on campus? No worries! Join us for a webinar session at a time that best fits your schedule (please note the different time zones). All webinars can be accessed here.

How to Apply


  • Early deadline for Commitment to Action: March 16
  • Regular deadline for Commitment to Action: April 23

Application Page

Click here to go to the CGIU 2018 Application page.

Time Commitment

  • Two fall meetings (early September 2018 and early October 2018) with Prof. Denise Crossan before the CGI U conference at University of Chicago (October 18 - 21, 2018).
  • Refine Commitment to Action and apply for funding (November 2018, progress report in April 2019)
  • Implement and evaluate Commitment to Action (November 2018 - September 2019)
  • Optional: Apply to become a Campus Ambassador for CGIU
  • Participate in spring information session and panel discussion with other CGIU alumni (April 2019)

Campus Contacts

Denise Crosan

Denise Crossan

Lang Visiting Professor
Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility
Lang Center 201

Jennifer Magee

Associate Director of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Lang Center 204