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Students commit ideas to action at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)

Held at Washington University, CGI U 2013 brought students together from across the country to make a difference in education, climate change, human rights, public health and more.

April 10, 2013

Washington University hosted the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University

Taking on social, environmental and health-related issues worldwide, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) engages students and experts to develop actionable solutions to global challenges. CGI U 2013 was held at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5 – 7, 2013.

Participating in the initiative were thousands of students — including many from the School of Medicine — who submitted specific commitments to action addressing challenges at home and around the world.

Among these commitments were a training program for barbers to become peer educators, an HPV vaccination campaign for Ugandans at risk of cancer, and a project in Israel to support caregivers of people with disabilities.

Student Commitments

Design to improve health literacy
Somalee Banerjee
Medical student at the School of Medicine and alumna of Sam Fox

Sickle cell education
Henry Schreiber and Nick Sanchez
Graduate research students at the School of Medicine

Barbershop-based health education study

Mary Masters, Elaine Khoong, Uzoh Ikpeama, medical students at the School of Medicine; Nancy Ye, undergraduate student in Arts & Sciences

Mobile hand clinic for St. Louisans
Megan Carlson and Katherine Wycoff
Graduate students in the Program in Occupational Therapy

Breaking behaviors
Paul George
Medical student at the School of Medicine

HPV vaccines for Ugandans
Mengyang Sun
Medical student at the School of Medicine

Rehabilitation science and advocacy projects
Six Occupational Therapy master’s and doctoral students were accepted to CGI U with commitments that include rehabilitating Nigerian women who have obstetric fistulas and managing the functional challenges of aging.

See commitments from all School of Medicine and Washington University students at