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
Tyson Research Center
Michael Sherraden
Mark R. Rank
Laura Jean Bierut
Theodore J. Cicero
Shanti Parikh
Cookstoves research

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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.

Sickle cell education

Sickle cell education

This plan seeks to address St. Louis' significant prevalence of sickle cell disease through visits to high schools to educate students about how the disease is passed from parent to child and to encourage meetings with genetic counselors.

Development of Systems Thinking Curriculum in Schools

Development of Systems Thinking Curriculum in Schools

Madeleine Polk is developing a means of replicating and implementing Systems Thinking curriculum in schools to better equip the next generation of students to address the local, national, and global issues they face. Because of its broad applicability, Polk anticipates the designing of new materials will allow for more teachers to see the relevance of Systems Thinking for their students and consequently begin to use it to aid students in problem solving processes.

Design to Improve Health Literacy

Design to Improve Health Literacy

Design to Improve Health Literacy plans to organize an interdisciplinary class that will include both medical and design students with an aim to develop new, image-based health education materials for patients in WUSTL’s Center for Outpatient Health, a resident-run clinic for low-income patients.

The Columbus Square Spot: A Community Based Farmers Market and Youth Program

The Columbus Square Spot: A Community Based Farmers Market and Youth Program

This project is committed to improve access to healthy fruits and vegetables for residents of the Columbus Square neighborhood in St. Louis. They will partner with local farmers, gardening organizations, WUSTL faculty, and the Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, to develop a summer program for youth that focuses on gardening, healthy eating and team building.

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.

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.

My Name is Strong: A community anti-violence initiative and awareness campaign

My Name is Strong: A community anti-violence initiative and awareness campaign

This project seeks to turn a single room in St. Louis into an overpowering art exhibit of human strength and courage. Beginning with a social media campaign, the project is asking for stories, artwork, photographs, and other creative expressions by all individuals impacted by gender-based violence – not just the survivors themselves.

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.


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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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