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ATLANTA (Jan. 22, 2015) -- Clark Atlanta University (CAU) this week announced its participation in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Clark Atlanta University is now one of more than 65 colleges and universities worldwide who have joined the CGI University (CGI U) Network.
Clark Atlanta University will provide $10,000 in funding to be divided among Clark Atlanta University students who are selected to pursue their Commitments to Action at CGI U 2015. Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Clark Atlanta University will also mentor student commitment-makers as they develop and implement their plans in the coming months.
Three Clark Atlanta student leaders will serve as the University’s inaugural commitment-makers through the iLead CAU Program: Each One, Reach One, Teach One, a new initiative designed to address three major gaps in the local education system. Aaron Chambers, a sophomore computer science major from Beaumont, Texas; Walter L. Clark Jr., a senior criminal justice major from Milwaukee; and Alexis O. Cureton, a senior sociology major from Indianapolis, Ind., will, under the leadership of the institution’s Department of Leadership and Student Development, begin tackling the program’s multi-year agenda: increasing the graduation rate among young African-American males in the city’s South Fulton County community, increasing college enrollment among African-American males and increasing the number of African-American males who pursue education as a profession.
The University’s funding for this initiative comes from Georgia Power Co. with the strong support of Metro Atlanta Region Senior Vice President Walter Dukes.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown says, “Improving education, environments and economies worldwide begins with, and must be bolstered by, local efforts. We are immensely proud that these young men, under the supervision of Willie Todd, Ph.D., executive director for student affairs, have conceptualized a focused approach to enhancing the education of African-American males in our community and, in doing so, seek to engage more in becoming teachers. We are honored that our students will be a part of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University.”
Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 6,500 student leaders from 145 countries and more than 875 schools. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Jack Dorsey, Jimmy Wales, Muhammad Yunus, Hawa Abdi Diblawe, and Jon Stewart. For more information about the meeting, visit www.cgiu.org.
About Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University is a private, coeducational four-year university located in the historic heart of Atlanta. It is among the largest of the nation’s 37-member UNCF institutions and the only private historically black college or university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/ Research University. CAU’s 3,400 students are engaged in some 38 areas of study in our four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work. National business and consumer publications rank Clark Atlanta among the nation’s top HBCUs, as well as among the best universities in the southeastern United States. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clark Atlanta University. For more information, call 404-880-8337 or visit www.cau.edu.
About CGI U
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Since 2008, students have made more than 4,800 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, the George Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University, and have convened more than 6,500 students from over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.
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