AAUW and Clinton Global Initiative Provide Opportunities for Women and Girls around the World

We know global issues matter, especially to women and girls. As a strategic partner of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), AAUW has been called upon to provide a gender perspective for the work that CGI does around the world. That means we participate in CGI’s meetings and advise students working on CGI University grassroots projects.

AAUW team posing with Bill Clinton at CGI U.

“AAUW has been helping women blaze new trails for more than a century, and we are honored to be a strategic partner with the Clinton Global Initiative and CGI U, which expands AAUW’s campus leadership and provides opportunities for global outreach and collaboration.”
— Linda Hallman, AAUW executive director

CGI U 2014: Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders

In March 2014, for the second year in a row, AAUW sponsored CGI U, hosted by former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton. Held at Arizona State University March 21–23, CGI U brought together more than 1,000 students from 300 colleges, 50 states, and 80 countries to figure out how to start solving the world’s challenges. Eight of those students were AAUW members who launched grassroots projects ranging from increasing women in science and technology careers to ending sex trafficking.

Applying a Gender Perspective and Making a Difference at CGI U

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At CGI U 2014, students learned about how AAUW is a resource to help them consider women’s issues and perspectives in their CGI U projects. In a skills session, AAUW International Fellowship alumna and former CGI U participant and mentor Esther Ngumbi offered insight and inspiration about how she launched her project in Kenya by building a network of engaged volunteers. AAUW Vice President of Fellowships, Grants, and Global Programs Gloria Blackwell co-facilitated the session, called Building Your Team: Strengthening Organizational Leadership and Capacity. Then at the CGI U Exchange networking event, AAUW’s team shared resources for students and campuses and encouraged participants to join AAUW as e-student affiliates and to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

To culminate CGI U 2014, the Day of Action service projects helped transform a previously vacant 15-acre lot in downtown Phoenix into a vibrant and sustainable public space. Participants worked on various projects— from urban farming to mural painting. The AAUW team helped build an amazing sign for the space. The sign was made entirely of recycled materials.

8 AAUW Leaders Make Commitments to Action at CGI U 2014

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Susana Abdurahman

Her project: Abdurahman is working as part of a team, with Jena Pruitt, on Entrapping Sex Trafficking, a project that is dedicated to decreasing the number of women and girls who are trafficked in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Abdurahman is committed to educating the community about sexual assault and rape culture and hopes to spread knowledge of campus and community resources to survivors of interpersonal violence, especially in communities of color.

Abdurahman is an AAUW e-student affiliate and a second-year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Jena Pruitt

Her project: Pruitt is working as part of a team, with Susana Abdurahman, on Entrapping Sex Trafficking, a project that is dedicated to decreasing the number of women and girls who are trafficked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the next year, Pruitt intends to increase the knowledge of sex trafficking on her campus through workshops, tabling, and visual activism.

Pruitt is an AAUW e-student affiliate and a fourth-year political science and anthropology double major at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dalairis Amaro presented her project at the CGI U Exchange.

Dalairis Amaro

Her project: Amaro will create an all-day leadership retreat for 50 local high school girls. She has already created a workshop series to help student-parents graduate, as well as established her own nonprofit organization.

Amaro is an AAUW e-student affiliate and student at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She promotes diversity on her campus as president of the Hispanic Club.

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Sofia Espinoza

Her project: Espinoza is the co-director of the Research Experience for Peruvian Undergraduates (REPU) program, which supports the development of scientists in Peru. Her project will be to launch a REPU physics branch.

Espinoza is a 2013–14 AAUW International Fellow from Peru and a third-year graduate student at the Thomas Pollard Laboratory at Yale University, where she studies the Arp2/3 complex, a protein involved in cell movement.

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Danielle Lane

Her project: Lane and her partner founded WomenRock to provide educational information about the LGBTQ community. Through WomenRock and her CGI U project, Lane is working to provide a safe haven for victims of intimate-partner violence and a social meeting place for members of the LGBTQ community.

Lane is an AAUW e-student affiliate and a junior majoring in psychology at the University of North Texas. Before attending college full time, she served in the U.S. Air Force. Lane is a passionate advocate for social justice.


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Lindsey Lipp

Her project: Lipp is working with her classmate Alison Rohly on ND ROCKS (North Dakota Rural Outreach Giving Chicks Knowledge of Science), a program that addresses the issue of gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in rural North Dakota. ND ROCKS will engage girls in seventh through ninth grade in science through demonstrations, real-world scientific applications, and the instruction of women graduate students.

Lipp is an AAUW member who is working on her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University.


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Alison Rohly

Her project: Rohly is working with her classmate Lindsey Lipp on ND ROCKS (North Dakota Rural Outreach Giving Chicks Knowledge of Science), a program that will address the issue of gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in rural North Dakota. ND ROCKS engages girls in seventh through ninth grade in science through a variety of demonstrations, real-world scientific applications, and the instruction of women graduate students.

Rohly is an AAUW member and graduate student at North Dakota State University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in coatings and polymeric materials.


CGI U Exchange Precious Mubanga

Precious Mubanga

Her project: Mubanga is launching an innovative program that will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the war-torn border cities Chililabombwe, Zambia, and Kasumbalesa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mubanga has established a nonprofit organization, the Better Life Bureau, dedicated to building capacity for women and children in Zambia through research, advocacy, and development programs.

See what the CGI U 2013 cohort accomplished


CGI America 2013: Working Together for Change

CGI America participants each contribute to a topic-specific Working Group of their choosing. These groups convened multiple times over the two days of the CGI America meeting and provided opportunities to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate commitments around the group's area of focus. Credit: Max Orenstein / Clinton Global Initiative

Building the Future of STEM

AAUW played a key role at CGI America during the Girls and Women in America session, where we spoke about the challenges facing women and girls in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. AAUW was also called upon to participate in the STEM working group, since increasing the number of girls and women in STEM fields is a priority for AAUW and CGI.