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ERIC Number: EJ788948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-29
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A New Way for Students and Colleges to Bring about Global Change
Clinton, William Jefferson
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n25 pA40 Feb 2008
Over the course of history, students and universities have played important, often transformative roles in guiding all people toward a healthier, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous global community. Today they face unprecedented global challenges relating to climate change, extreme poverty, malnutrition and disease, and equitable treatment of all people in the world. Propelled by a growing awareness of those issues and aided by new social-networking tools and unconventional media, today's generation of students has an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference. In many ways, they already are. To tap into their enthusiasm, optimism, and passion for change, the author has started the Clinton Global Initiative University, a nonpartisan extension of the Clinton Global Initiative that will reach across campuses to engage young people and educational institutions in confronting the challenges--and in taking concrete steps to solve them. In 2005, he began the Clinton Global Initiative as a nonpartisan extension of his foundation to bring together heads of state, business leaders, and nonprofit groups from around the world to make "Commitments to Action" on pressing global issues. Through CGI, participants form new partnerships, initiate and expand pioneering projects, and adopt innovative business practices that generate social, financial, and environmental value. The author states that their success in tackling global challenges will depend largely on their engagement and inspiration of future generations. Those of them with more yesterdays than tomorrows can help by cultivating the talent, creativity, and energy of young people and helping to focus them on making a difference in the lives of others. CGI U. is another step in this direction: It is about working urgently together to transform problems into opportunities, across lines of geography, politics, ethnicity, religion, and gender. It is about people who care coming together to create change. He hopes to instill this vision, this spirit of service, in young people, so they can tackle tomorrow's challenges today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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