Students urged to serve, uplift, create at kick-off event for Clinton Global Initiative University

Nearly 4,000 people convened at Matthews Arena to kick-off the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University, including 1,200 students from 90 countries and 250 colleges.

The three-day conference at Northeastern featured seminars, workshops, and panel discussions aimed at cultivating a network of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to global challenges in five fields: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. “The most important things in life,” Clinton told the young changemakers, “are liberty and love and the opportunity to give something to someone else.”

Four diverse and awe-inspiring people shared their stories with the former president on Friday night as part of CGI U’s opening plenary session. One panelist—Daryl Davis, an African American musician, author, and actor—spent years reaching across a vast racial divide to form unlikely friendships with more than 20 members of the Ku Klux Klan. Another—Thomas Edwards, a high school student from Texas—helped rescue 50 people during Hurricane Harvey. A third—Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Muslim-American sabre fencer—was the first woman to wear a hijab while competing for the U.S. in the Olympics. And the fourth—Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a human rights activist—is the co-founder of the Jimbere Fund, a nonprofit fighting poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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