CGI U 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis

essays onlineCGI 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.

Office of Sustainability
Tyson Research Center
SIFT & TERF
Cookstoves research
Mark R. Rank
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.

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Addressing Civic Education in St. Louis

Addressing Civic Education in St. Louis

The Washington University Marshall-Brennan Project places law students in St. Louis high schools to teach a semester-long course on students’ constitutional rights in order to address a fundamental civics gap in American education. The commitment “Addressing Civic Education in St. Louis” will expand the Project to reach hundreds of St. Louis high school students within five years, and ultimately aims to make the Project a permanent institution for educational progress in the St. Louis area.

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.

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.

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.

Missouri Regional Science Bowl

Missouri Regional Science Bowl

The Missouri Regional Science Bowl seeks to facilitate a science education ecosystem in Missouri where resources and organizations from around the state collaborate, and to open the current Science Bowl program to middle school participants.

HPV Vaccines for Ugandans

HPV Vaccines for Ugandans

This commitment plans to offer HPV vaccines for males and females, ages 9 to 26, in the Gulu District in northern Uganda. Cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death among women in developing countries. Sun feels mass vaccination could have a profound impact.

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.

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.


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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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