CGI U 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis

CGI U 2013 was at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5-7, 2013, bringing together nearly 1,200 attendees 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.

Our Commitment to Action

Washington University is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 22% by 2020. To advance this goal, the university has established an Energy Conservation Investment of $30 million.

Why Washington University?

Public service and global leadership are at the heart of the mission of Washington University in St. Louis. Our students, faculty and staff are leading the way to address urgent global challenges in the CGI’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.

Cookstoves research
Michael Sherraden
Pratim Biswas
Mark Manary
Tyson Research Center
Crimes Against Humanity Initiative
Barbara Schaal
Office of Sustainability
Katie Plax

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Student Commitments

Commitments to Action are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address social or environmental challenges on campuses, in communities, or in different parts of the world. Proposed by an individual or a group, commitments translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. WUSTL is proud of all 200 of our students who have made a commitment to action through CGI U. Here is a sample of the projects our students are working on.

Science in Everyday Life

Science in Everyday Life

The goal of the Science in Everyday Life project is a public event to change people's attitudes and beliefs about the nature of science. Specifically, it will point out how people act as "scientists" in their everyday lives, such as using evidence and drawing conclusions. Through this self-reflection people will be guided to think about a controversial, popular scientific topic (e.g., climate change, renewable energy, vaccines) in a new way. In this way, the event will address people's troubled understanding of the scientific method (i.e., how science is done and what science can tell us) and promote a more science-savvy citizenry.

Making Vegetables Fun: The St. Louis City Healthy Eating Initiative

Making Vegetables Fun: The St. Louis City Healthy Eating Initiative

"Making Vegetables Fun: The St. Louis City Healthy Eating Initiative," addresses childhood obesity in St. Louis. School children will learn about and practice healthy eating in the classroom, and the program will teach an appreciation for healthy eating, as well as provide assistance to low-income families with ideas for healthy foods the children enjoy.

Promoting Women’s Health Within the Immigrant and Refugee Community of St. Louis

Promoting Women’s Health Within the Immigrant and Refugee Community of St. Louis

This group wants to turn the mission behind the ACA into a reality in the St. Louis community. By engaging the immigrant and refugee population of St. Louis and collaborating with CGIU representatives and local organizations, the group believes that they can help this marginalized population gain access to the health care they need and deserve.

Teaching Philanthropy – Empowering Youth Through Volunteerism

Teaching Philanthropy – Empowering Youth Through Volunteerism

This project aims to bring a service-learning curriculum to three St. Louis-area schools and encourage underprivileged children to take a more active role in serving the community.

Green Light St. Louis

Green Light St. Louis

Green Light St. Louis, an extension of Green Light New Orleans, replaces incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) in low-income households for free. By installing CFLs in homes that could not afford to switch otherwise, Green Light St. Louis shows that a movement of individual actions can significantly impact families’ lives and the environment.

Correctional Education Reform Through Technology

Correctional Education Reform Through Technology

The goal of the Correctional Education Reform Through Technology program is to equip the inmates of St. County Jail and St. Louis County Juvenile Detention with the literacy, mathematics, and critical thinking skills necessary in order to obtain their GEDs and reduce their rate of relapse.

U.Y.N.T Urban Youth Nation of Tomorrow

U.Y.N.T Urban Youth Nation of Tomorrow

In urban communities around the world, young people all too often find their lives circumscribed by poverty, crime and a lack of education. U.Y.N.T (Urban Youth Nation of Tomorrow) aims to provide young people from these communities chances to experience higher education, travel and mentorship.

Collaboration through education: Bridging our classrooms, environment, and communities

Collaboration through education: Bridging our classrooms, environment, and communities

Using the connecting classrooms model from UNICEF, this project hopes to connect high school youth (ages 14-18) in St. Louis, Missouri, Andavadoaka, Madagascar, and Indonesia through an online platform to build international collaboration on environmental issues.


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Participate

While CGI U sessions are not open to the public, everyone has the opportunity to engage in a number of ways. You can:

Campus Viewing Parties

Everyone is welcome to attend a live feed of the CGI U sessions featuring President Bill Clinton and TV personality Stephen Colbert in Tisch Commons on the DUC movie screen. Additional sessions will be presented in the DUC Fun Room.

April 5, 6:30 p.m.
Opening Session by President Bill Clinton

April 6, 3:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Stephen Colbert

Media Access

Press registration is now open to members of the media. To apply, please complete the press access form on the CGI U website.

Schedule of Events

CGI U 2013 Meeting Agenda
For the complete participant details and meeting agenda, including plenary sessions, skill and working sessions, and the service project, visit cgiu.org.

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