AAUW Fellow Attends Clinton Global Initiative Meeting
After they complete their fellowships, our alumnae go on to accomplish some pretty amazing things! Several of them have become involved in campus activism, advocating for everything from environmental policy to human rights. Esther Ngumbi, a 2007–08 AAUW International Fellow, recently attended the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting in San Diego to learn more about youth and student activism.
Building on the model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Ngumbi was thrilled to be at this event, as she describes below:
I was lucky to have been selected to attend the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting. … This allowed me to connect with 1,000 other students representing 349 schools, 90 countries, and all 50 states. The meeting was organized along plenary sessions chaired by President Clinton as well as smaller working group sessions offering us attendees plenty of opportunities to interact together as well as learn from a very diverse group of panelists.
On Sunday, all CGI U attendees, including President Clinton, participated in a community service project at the San Diego Food Bank. The opening plenary session topic was What’s the Big Idea? Powering Innovation on Campus and Beyond. The second plenary session was Financial Aid: Innovation for Affordability. The closing plenary session was titled A Conversation with President Clinton and featured Sean Penn and Kennedy Odede.
I left the conference fired up and motivated to turn my commitment into a solid project as well as motivate and encourage other students to consider attending next year’s CGI U meeting. You can listen to live webcasts of all the plenary sessions online.
This post was written by Fellowships and Grants Intern Mia Cakebread.
As a strategic partner of the Clinton Global Initiative, AAUW has been called upon to provide a gender perspective for the work that CGI does around the world.
The fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,300 women from more than 130 nations.
There’s a definite sense of urgency in the air at this year’s 58th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York.