Next Steps for CGI U Attendees
Nearly 1,200 students will gather this weekend to discuss and develop innovative solutions to global challenges at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Held at Washington University, St. Louis, the three-day program teaches attendees new skills 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. Gender intersects with every one of these areas. As a sponsor, AAUW offers many resources to our affiliated student leaders — and to our wider membership — to build on their CGI U commitments, including
- Leadership skill building: AAUW offers programs that reach thousands of college women each year to build leadership skills and confidence as the next generation of leaders. More than 600 college women will join us in the Washington, D.C., area May 30–June 1 for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. There they’ll have a chance to hear from inspirational speakers at our Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony and attend workshops on topics like starting your own nonprofit. On campus, we train women how to run for student government and political office through Elect Her–Campus Women Win workshops. Several CGI U attendees this year, like Natasha, Nanci, and Samaura, have served or are currently serving on AAUW’s National Student Advisory Council.
- Advocacy tools: Every day our members and supporters take action to empower women and girls at the local, state, national, and global levels. You can make your voice heard in Congress today with our Two-Minute Activist. Last week we began collecting submissions of private student loan experiences to submit to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We help make your voice heard through tools like these and how-to guides on writing op-eds, meeting with elected officials, and using social media for advocacy.
- Student and campus funding: During the 2012–13 academic year, AAUW provided more than $4.3 million in funding for more than 278 fellowships and grants awarded to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations. Women like Esther Ngumbi, a 2007–08 International Fellow who attended CGI U in 2011 and returned this year as a CGI U mentor.
But these opportunities aren’t just for AAUW student members: Our Campus Outreach Grants are open to regular and student members and supply up to $750 in funding for events aimed at educating students about unfair pay, sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination, or Title IX violations.
With so many AAUW resources available, it can be overwhelming to take that first step. One of the quickest ways to get started is to join our community. Full-time undergraduate students at all AAUW college/university partner member institutions can join for free as e-student affiliates. Graduate students at any institution may join AAUW at a special rate of $18.81. We look forward to hearing about all the great things the young women at CGI U will be doing this weekend, and to taking the next steps toward empowering women and girls.