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Clinton Global Inititative

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) seeks to engage the next generation of leaders from college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U provides training and mentorship to young leaders and entrepreneurs who have ideas on how to address our most pressing challenges in five focal areas (education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, public health). Training and mentorship is yearlong. The culmination of 2021 is a 1-day virtual meeting that brings together world experts and change-makers with 1,000s of students from around the globe. Watch/Listen to the 2020 virtual event here.

We have not yet announced details for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2021-2022. Information meeting coming Fall 2021. Please contact Dr. Jeanne Robertson if you would like to be updated with program information as it becomes available.

What Is Happening Now!

CGI U has launched the application for the 2021 cohort!

It’s not too late - please contact Dr. Jeanne Robertson ( for more information, to talk about your ideas and/or to work on your application.”

Who is it for?

The CGI U network includes undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to actionable change - you would join a growing, global community of young leaders. Through its Commitment to Action model, CGI U challenges you to develop, test, and implement your ideas at local, regional or global scales.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, in good standing at CSUN and enrolled for both Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. Students who graduate in Spring 2021 are not eligible.

Responsibilities and Program Opportunities

Mentoring: all CGI U students are assigned a mentor who will help guide you as you work to implement your CTA. Mentors have academic or professional expertise in your area.

Training: All accepted CGI U students are expected to be available for the entirety of the scheduled dates of the four online modules. Accepted students are required to attend and fully participate in all online module activities. The average time commitment is 3 hours per module.

Application Process

Before you apply, please contact Dr. Jeanne Robertson, the CSUN faculty mentor for CGI U.

Please use the application preview to draft your responses before you begin the application. You will not be able to save your application and return to it at a later point, and your application will time out after 2 hours.

Each person may only submit one application. If you are applying as a group, the group leader must complete his or her application first and select 'Group' as the application type in Section I to provide details about group members. Groups can consist of up to CSUN students, each of whom should submit an application. It is possible that not all group members are invited to participate. We reserve the right to not invite all members of each group that applies. If your group has more than three students, we ask that you select the three students who can best represent your project to apply.

Deadline Information

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Review and Selection: January 15 – mid-February

Admissions: mid-February

Student Orientation: Late February