What is Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)?

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 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.

What Commitment to Action Did She’s the First Make?

Sponsoring Girls’ Education by Mentoring for Diversity

BREAKING NEWS: Our Commitment was announced on stage during the Girls’ Education plenary session!
She’s the First commits to creating diverse new models for mentorship and leadership-building that will fund girls’ sponsorships in developing nations. Their campus chapter leaders will pilot these activities in low-income communities across the U.S., and as an organization, She’s the First will provide resources, help them evaluate their impact, and create benchmarks of success.

Who Represented She’s the First?
Click their photo to learn more about their Commitment to Action.

Becca Wertheim, She’s the First*{UNCA} Founder

Meaghan O’Connor, She’s the First*{Michigan}

Elizabeth Rich, She’s the First*{Michigan}

Maisy Page, She’s the First*{FGCU} Founder

With additional support from:

Lindsay Brown, She’s the First*{Notre Dame} President
Katie Kenney, She’s the First*{Notre Dame} Vice President

Christen Brandt, She’s the First Director of International Operations

Who Did We Meet to Inspire Us?

Thousands of student activists, along with celebrities, heads of leading NGOs, topic experts, and others who have created positive change in the global community. Here are a few faces you may recognize:

How Will We Measure Success?

Through our Commitments, we will directly engage at least 400 youth in the U.S. to sponsor annual tuition for 30 girls within our partner countries.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Join the Twitter conversation: #CGIU and @CGIU. If you’re a She’s the First campus leader, you might be here next year!
  • Offer our student representatives feedback on their projects by interacting with their social media pages and blogs.
  • Would you like to contribute to a fund for She’s the First students traveling to CGI U in 2014? Donate here.


She’s the First thanks the Loren Averick and Howard Davis Foundation and an Anonymous Donor for
funding travel, accommodations, and project supplies for our CGI U participants.