Students Jaesuk (Eugene) Park, a sophomore, and Martha Curi, a junior, discuss their project for the Clinton Global Initiative University.

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) has accepted 12 interdisciplinary Northwestern teams in the pilot year of its relationship with Northwestern.

The selected teams worked closely with the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) to submit proposals addressing pressing issues in education, the environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

CGI U, which was founded by Bill Clinton in 2007, unites the innovation talents of students from more than 300 universities across the globe to foster student-led actions that address sustainability issues affecting their communities and the world. Students accepted to CGI U will meet at a summit at the University of Miami in March, where they will network with world leaders, professionals, and peers.

CGI U offered students from different schools at Northwestern the opportunity to meet for brainstorming sessions and writing workshops at the ISEN offices, where many teams formed.

Undergraduates Martha Curi, Juan David Dominguez, and Jaesuk (Eugene) Park merged their individual projects and unique expertise into a group project that aims to help students from low socioeconomic backgrounds learn critical thinking through web-based computer science methods.

“All of our ideas had to do with increasing access to education,” says Curi. “As a team, we hope to lead the next generation of diverse programmers."

To read the rest of the story and view a list of all Northwestern students who were selected for CGI U, visit ISEN's website.