GENESEO – Seven outstanding SUNY Geneseo students will be presenting their potentially world-changing projects addressing global challenges at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at the University of Miami.
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are hosting the eighth annual CGI U meeting at the University of Miami from Mar. 6-8, which is bringing together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders from around the world to present “commitments to action” in five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, poverty alleviation, public health, and peace and human rights.
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“The opportunity for our students to network with other potential project collaborators from other national and international universities and colleges across the world will be a tremendous benefit,” said Cynthia Oswald, director of Geneseo’s Center for Innovation, Discovery and Development (CIDD). “These projects are action-based and are designed to be implementable and successful, and the college will continue to support their action plans.”
Geneseo is among 61 colleges and universities around the globe who have joined the CGI U network. The seven students submitted proposals to present at the meeting through CIDD.
Matthew McClure, who is studying comparative literature and French in the college’s Edgar Fellows Honor Program, will present “A Rural Haitian Library: A Center for Intercultural Exchange and Collaboration” on the topic of Education.
Luciano Scala, an international relations major and student entrepreneur, will present “Visoworld,” a study abroad digital matchmaking platform on the topic of Peace and Human Rights.
Madelyn Sayed, an anthropology and pre-med major, will present “Causes of Parasitic Disease Among School-Age Children in Rural Haiti” on the subject of Public Health.
Scott Chauncey, Carly Lauricella, and Matt Dobjeleski, all business administration majors, will present “‘Plastofuel,’ a sustainable alternative to landfilling plastic waste” on the subject of Environment and Climate Change.
Staci Weiss, a psychology major and physics minor, will present “Bridging Geneseo Students to Local At-Risk Children,” a clinically-developed method of empowering and educating the children of a non-profit local afterschool program, on the subject of Poverty Alleviation.
After the meeting, the students will return to their campuses and communities to put their ideas into action. Geneseo students will have the benefit of seed funding and mentorship from Geneseo faculty and professional staff.
The students will have the opportunity at the conference to attend plenary sessions, working sessions and other special events covering topics across the CGI U five focus areas. They also will receive expert guidance to help them gain skills and knowledge needed to take action on their commitments.
They also will hear from experts in various fields, brainstorm ideas, share best practices and form partnerships in developing and advancing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
“I am honored to be part of the first group of Geneseo students to attend the CGIU,” said McClure. “What intrigues me about CGIU is that it creates a new community by connecting students from around the country and world who are beginning new and independent projects. These communities provide peers and mentors whose support and guidance are integral to the success and longevity of budding initiatives. I hope that Geneseo’s first CGIU presentations encourage more students to make Commitments to Action and strengthens the communities of innovators on campus.”
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