CGI U at Nazareth 2015-2016

Request for Faculty and Staff Support

CGI University: Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders

CGI U @ Nazareth College

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The Center for Civic Engagement is proud to announce that Nazareth College will again be a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University Network (GCI U) for 2015-2016. Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

This fall semester, Nazareth students have the opportunity to submit project applications (called a Commitment to Action) to CGI U. If their project is selected, our students will travel to the CGI U Spring Training (hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton), further develop the project, then put the plan into action. Accepted students will join a thousand college students and leaders from around the world at the CGI U Spring Training (the date and time of this training has not been released yet). Travel scholarships are available. Funding for projects may also be available.

Student can propose projects from five focus areas; Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Next week, students will receive an email from me describing the program and providing multiple dates for information sessions.

I am writing to gather support for this initiative in several ways:

  • I value your support in identifying students or student groups you are engaged with that may be interested in learning more about this opportunity. I can provide a short presentation to your classes (please let me know some dates and times when I can speak) or provide you with more promotional information. For class presentations I would like to meet with classes no later than September 28th. The early decision deadline for CGI U applicants is October 9, 2015 and the final application date is December 1, 2015.

  • I am identifying faculty who are willing to serve as project advisors for students. The advisor role would include lending your expertise to a student who is proposing a project within your discipline/focus area. Advisors can support the students by identifying key sources for research, providing background knowledge about the selected challenge and past efforts towards change, identifying community partners, and/or connecting the student with your current efforts to impact the community. If you are interested contact me and please list which of the five focus areas you are willing to assist with (Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health).

  • Several of the faculty members I have spoken with are interested in integrating this experience into coursework or into activities within their departments. This may be an excellent opportunity to connect the pedagogy of your discipline with a community engagement experience. Please let me know if you are considering this and I can provide you with more information about this possibility.

  • I would like to identify developmental pathways that build student knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to CGI U projects and social innovation. Please let me know if you have a class or departmental activity that would support student development in this manner. My goal with this would be to promote the many courses and experiences Nazareth offers in these areas so that students can develop over time, then put their informed energies towards creative and impactful proposals.

I welcome your thoughts and feedback. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

My thanks,
Adam Lewandowski
Associate Director, Center for Civic Engagement | (585)389-2307

In the Past 2 Years, 19 Nazareth Students Attended CGI U Supporting the Development of 13 Projects

Danielle Mensing CGI U 2015 documentary