More than 1,000 college students from 33 colleges and universities, including Babson, will participate in this year’s 6th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University

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More than 1,000 college students from 33 colleges and universities, including Babson, will participate in this year’s 6th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University which will be held at Washington University in St. Louis April 5th -7th.

Eight Babson College Graduate & Undergraduate students were selected to be a part of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network. Building on the successful model of theClinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Bringing together innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities, the CGI U aims to support students who pledge to make Commitments to Action that address the most pressing challenges facing their campuses and communities in areas such as education, environment and climate change, human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. More than $400,000 in funding will be available for students to carry out their commitments made at CGI U.


Read more about the chosen Babson participants and their commitments below

Sanjay Zimmerman ’15

This serial entrepreneur, varsity tennis athlete, honors student & Presidential Fellow has now taken on a new initiative in teaching entrepreneurship to young adults living in rural Brazil. Zimmerman’s focus is on engaging 2-3 spaces (schools or community centers) that attract young adults that will enable him to conduct an extensive one week program in regions surrounding Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. His goal is to offer students the resources to pursue their ventures as well as teach others thus creating a network of entrepreneurs in rural areas.

Daquan J. Oliver ’14

Daquan’s CGI commitment, a Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, aims to implement entrepreneurial tools through offering students hands-on experience in entrepreneurship by challenging them to “integrate their passions and life experiences into their businesses. This program is to be held over the course of thirteen weeks and volunteers are to act as students’ mentors, all culminating into a report to the community. Mr. Oliver states that the goal of the program will be “to rid the world of target environments and thus render the program no longer necessary.”

Yashomati Sahuwala, Zinedine Yakub and Kush Patel ‘13

All elected to take part in the group Babson Empowers Women which is recognized as a secondary step for survivors of the human trafficking epidemic in India. These students are venturing to expand upon the idea of Made By Survivors by supporting survivors of human trafficking after they have been repatriated to their home countries. Additionally, they aim to help these victims become reintegrated with the community and giving them the resources to survive using the training and entrepreneurial skills learned through Made By Survivors. This program is to begin in Dhaka as a shelter home environment. The ultimate goal is to teach the women to fish and offering them the resources to do so, not just to give them a fish.

Julian Addy & Manuel Paredes ’14

These two students decided to commit themselves to improving the lives of children with cognitive disabilities, by forming the The Resilient Vow Foundation. This endeavor is working to counteract the impact of The No Child Left behind Act while coupling with Disabilities Education Act. Regardless of the legislative advances, these students noticed a severe disconnect with the independence of students with cognitive disabilities. They feel that they have found the remedy in “a mobile application that helps students with learning disabilities transition from high school to the real world.” Coupled with this application, the students are aiming to implement bi-weekly meetings to link the realistic aspect with the virtual. The goal is to empower these students to be as independent as possible while making it fun and incorporating a communal support system.

Joseph Plummer, MBA student ‘13

Has committed to the initiative Three Birds which focuses on addressing issues involving education, the environment and poverty thus hitting ‘Three Birds’ with one stone. His hope is to implement educational programs in low-income communities that teach renewable energy initiatives. The ultimate goal is to incorporate a grid-tied installation, data monitoring system and teacher training program into the makeup of the schools they wish to reach. It is his hope that “every student in America has meaningful learning experiences with renewable energy before graduating high school.


About the Clinton Global initiative

The mission of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is to turn ideas into action. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion.

The Clinton Global Initiative, an organization established by President Bill Clinton, seeks to turn ideas into action. The organization hosts a plan called Commitment to Action hoping to catalyze initiatives to solve big problems. The plan has already improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries.


About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Hilary Katulak,, 1781-239-4623 | 03/26/2013 10:13