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.

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Mark Manary
Leila Sadat
Shanti Parikh
SIFT & TERF
Crimes Against Humanity Initiative
Michael Sherraden

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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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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.

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.

Breaking Behaviors

Breaking Behaviors

This plan seeks to educate Costa Ricans about problematic behaviors handed from generation to generation, among them drinking coconut milk to prevent pregnancy and feeding babies bottles containing coffee and sugar.

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.

Bringing Sight to Villa El Salvador

Bringing Sight to Villa El Salvador

This plan aims to outfit a community health clinic in Villa El Salvador, Peru with a basic eye-care unit as a solution to the community's unaddressed visual health needs. To ensure the sustainability of the program, the clinic will be provided with 500 adjustable-prescription glasses and several of the clinic's nurses will be trained in performing eye exams.

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.

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.


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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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