May 10, 2016 – The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) named UH students Jeffrey Hong, Olivia Kuligowski, and Khanh Nguyen as Resolution Fellows and as winners of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge at its annual conference held in Berkeley, California on April 2, 2016.
The CGIU Resolution Project provides seed funding to select CGI U 2016 undergraduate students through the Resolution Social Venture Challenge (SVC). This competition is designed to identify and support young people from around the world who offer innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. As winners of the competition, students will benefit by receiving project funding, ongoing mentorship, and pro bono services.
The group successfully demonstrated an innovative way to instill ethno cultural empathy into today’s youth through their project "Bridging Borders". The program aims to combat summer learning loss by immersing graduates of the KIPP Intrepid Elementary School into a three week summer program that introduces the students to seemingly foreign countries that they might not have been exposed to previously. In addition to typical classroom instruction, Bridging Borders aims to engage students through hands-on activities that address teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking through a cultural lens.
Every year the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) supports CGI U students in their Commitment to Actions by providing travel and project funding. CSI is pleased that CGIU has recognized the work of one of its own at the University of Houston.
About CGI U: 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) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. The meetings bring together more than 1,000 students to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.