CGI University Network Seal 2018

Turn ideas into action with the Clinton Global Initiative  University

Each year, the CGI University (CGI U) network invites innovative students to a meeting in order to engage the next generation of leaders around the world to develop novel solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their own Commitments to Action that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world.

This is Virginia Tech's first year participating in CGI U as a Network Member. The next CGI U meeting will be October 19-21, 2018 at the University of Chicago. Participants will meet President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, other celebrities, topic experts and many engaged students from around the world.

Virginia Tech supports the participation of our students at the CGI U meeting with a total of $10,000. These funds will cover group transportation, lodging, and meals for a delegation of ten students.  This opportunity is open to both graduate and undergraduate students at all Virginia Tech campuses. 

The CGI U meeting will provide opportunities for student commitment-makers to network with one another, attend skill sessions and office hours with leading social innovators, and connect with alumni mentors.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a Virginia Tech student with an innovative idea in one of the five CGI U focus areas:
    • Education
    • Environment and Climate Change
    • Peace and Human Rights
    • Poverty Alleviation
    • Public Health
  • You are committed to turn this project idea into action within the next year. 
  • You can apply as an individual or together with maximum of two other Virginia Tech students.

Applications for this experience closed on April 23, 2018

Thank you to everyone who applied! 

Questions about the process?

The CGI U Campus Representative at Virginia Tech and assistant director of student engagement at VT Engage, Catherine Cotrupi, is available to answer questions and support you with your online application. She can be reached at

Further information

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