Magazine article University Business

Clinton Global Initiative: Higher Ed Highlights

Magazine article University Business

Clinton Global Initiative: Higher Ed Highlights

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THIS APRIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORnia, San Diego was home to the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which brings together students from institutions in 99 countries to address global challenges. Nonprofit leaders, celebrities, and entrepreneurs--who this year included Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron, UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, and actor and humanitarian Sean Pennwork with students at the event in efforts to create positive change. Each attendee makes a detailed Commitment to Action related to education, the environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, or public health. This year's higher ed-related commitments included:

* Maclen Zilber of UC San Diego, who commits to partnering with the UCSD bookstore, the student government, and the financial aid office to disseminate information about how students can apply for the tax credit for higher education, which now covers books. Students will receive automatic email reminders of what they purchased and how they can write off the purchases on their taxes. His goal: Save UCSD students at least an additional $2.5 million per year.

* Corey Metzman and Jacob Blumenfeld-Gantz of the University of Pennsylvania, who commit to establishing an intercultural dialogue between American and Middle Eastern college students through videoconferencing. …

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