​CGI U: Clinton Global Initiative University

The Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting brings together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. CGI U 2018 will take place on October 19-21 at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and students are invited to apply with a description of their Commitment to Action. 

Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U's five focus areas. As a University Network member from 2013-2017, Babson has sent a cohort each year and the students involved have continually been recognized as changemakers on campus. Though no longer a University Network member, The Lewis Institute continues to mentors student commitment-makers as they develop and implement their plans, and invites students who are interested in applying to reach out to us with questions.

2017 Babson Commitments to Action

James Pratama ’20, Jingxin Sui ‘20
nture: Orange Papaya
Focus area: Poverty Alleviation
Mission: Orange Papaya will work to help socially driven organizations in Indonesia grow by selling locally produced fair trade goods to new markets in the United States.

Prabha Dublish ’18, Derek Tu ‘18
Venture: Womentum
Focus area: Poverty Alleviation
Mission: Womentum is a crowdfunding platform to give female entrepreneurs in developing countries funds to run their businesses and pay it forward to other female entrepreneurs after turning a profit of their own. 

Salome Mosehle ‘18
Venture: Womandla
Focus area: Education
Mission: Womandla helps young, black females from disadvantaged communities pursue a business degree in three years through a full-ride scholarship, leadership coaching, and skills training.

Colleen Leung MBA’18, Yash Banthia MBA’18, Akhil Suresh Nair MBA‘18
Venture: The Human Library
Focus area: Education
Mission: The Human Library gathers people together to exchange ideas, share experiences and impart knowledge, creating a safe place for conversations that challenge stereotypes while educating audiences in a personal and interactive manner.

Tien Mai ‘20
Venture: Beyond Budget
Focus area: Education
Mission: Beyond Budget provides mentoring and application support for prestigious international students who want to study in the United States but have a lack of financial resources or mentorship support at home.

Jong Kyu Lim ‘18
Venture: Table C
Focus area: Public Health
Mission: Table C is an open community table project in college dining areas for people to join and eat together, make new friends, and strengthen community.

Christina Gee ‘17
Venture: IoT Storm Drain Sensors
Focus area: Public Health
Mission: IoT Storm Drain Sensors is developing IoT sensors to partner with various municipalities to create a system that can proactively detect sources of water contamination.

Cynthia Yong ’19, Erica Lee (Olin College ’19)
Venture: Mental Fitness Training: Foster Resiliency in Undergraduates
Focus area: Public Health
Mission: Mental Fitness Training will expand Babson’s Grit & Resilience Training through participant feedback and peer to peer facilitation in order to help cultivate resiliency skills to prevent academic, social, and personal pressures from developing into more concerning mental health problems for students.

Yulkendy Valdez ’17, Josuel Plasencia ‘17
Venture: Project 99
Focus area: Education
Mission: Project 99 seeks to implement workforce development programs in metropolitan cities across the US for millennials of color in partnership with Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, and leading organizations.