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.

Pratim Biswas
Office of Sustainability
Theodore J. Cicero
Mark Manary
Katie Plax
Crimes Against Humanity Initiative

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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.

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.

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.

D*Serves (Design Serves)

D*Serves (Design Serves)

D*Serve (Design Serves) aims to inspire youth who live in disinvested neighborhoods by providing them experience and education in design and civic leadership. The idea is to help teens first identify what exactly it is they want – and deserve – in their community, and then guide them toward reinvigorating culture, socio-economy, and physical spaces through sustainable innovations.

Mahila Mobile

Mahila Mobile

Mahila Mobile is a social enterprise that aims to create an Android operating system (OS) customized for illiterate women in Pakistan. We plan to work with local NGO partners over a 2-year time frame to provide women with access to education, health, and income opportunity through mobile phone technology.

Creating a Brighter Future for the Children of St. Louis

Creating a Brighter Future for the Children of St. Louis

This group seeks to create a partnership with the St. Louis Charter School to increase the school’s volunteer base by 20 percent, specifically in the field of male student mentorship, and to increase educational resources, including textbooks and other school supplies, by 10 percent over the next three years.

Health Is Wealth Campaign

Health Is Wealth Campaign

This project coordinates with volunteers and local physician groups at the Adeleke University School of Public Health to increase awareness about the detriments of the globalization of fast food and also the relationship between poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and Type 2 Diabetes. Specifically, she plans to conduct community focus groups in Ibadan to gauge community perceptions of causes of Type 2 Diabetes, and also train young adults as community health advocates to promote primary prevention of diabetes and hypertension through lifestyle-change.

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.

Interactive Living Landscape

Interactive Living Landscape

In cities throughout the world, years of contamination have rendered large swaths of land unfit for habitation, development or food production. Interactive Living Landscape aims to demonstrate that vacant urban lots can be productively landscaped in ways that not only heal the soil, but also help improve the health of the wider community.


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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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