President Bill Clinton & Jon Stewart at CGIU 2012

Social Enterprise Institute Heads to Clinton Global Initiative University

by Esther Chou

The Social Enter­prise Insti­tute is send­ing two teams from Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Shaughnessy’s Advanced Top­ics in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship senior cap­stone course to the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity (CGI U) in St. Louis from April 5–7, 2013.

Launched by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton in 2007, the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity (CGI U) aims to engage the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers on col­lege cam­puses around the world. CGIU con­venes annu­ally with over 1200 stu­dents, in part­ner­ship with youth orga­ni­za­tions, topic experts, and celebri­ties to dis­cuss and develop inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to press­ing global chal­lenges. CGI U’s five focus areas include: Edu­ca­tion, Envi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion, and Pub­lic Health.

Two of SEI’s selected teams are rep­re­sent­ing their senior cap­stone class on the topic of agri­cul­tural sus­tain­abil­ity in the Domini­can Repub­lic. The Mata Los Indios team includes BSIB junior Habib El Magrissy, Inter­na­tional Affairs (IAF) senior Ando­nis Mar­den, and BSBA Senior Nico Rodriguez. The stu­dents are work­ing on devel­op­ing a drip irri­ga­tion project in part­ner­ship with a rural com­mu­nity made up of sugar plan­ta­tion farm­ers in Mata Los Indios. The other cap­stone team, Camino Nuevo, includes BSBA mid­dler Paige Marze, IAF stu­dents, Abhi Nan­gia, Becky Dar­ling and Anahi San­toyo Del­gado and Gabrielle Page, are work­ing on devel­op­ing access to mar­kets for a women’s jew­elry coop­er­a­tive in part­ner­ship with Manna Project Inter­na­tional (MPI). The jew­elry coop­er­a­tive is made up of women who reside in La Chureca, one of the largest munic­i­pal trash dumps in Latin America.

BSBA Senior Michael Behan will rep­re­sent Njabini Apparel, a social busi­ness that employs Kenyan moth­ers to design retail apparel aimed at the col­lege mar­ket. Njabini Apparel is gear­ing up for a new agri­cul­tural lend­ing ini­tia­tive, Wakulima Pamoja (Farm­ers Together in Swahili) that will also be pre­sented at CGIU.

The Social Enter­prise Insti­tute research asso­ciate team com­prised of BSIB senior Chris­t­ian Shan­non, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions senior Caitlin Fer­gu­son and IAF stu­dents Rachel Sha­heen and Rob Gulick; the stu­dents will debut the NU Social Enter­prise Review at CGIU. The NU SE Review is a stu­dent led edi­to­r­ial review that informs, dis­cusses, and moti­vates stu­dents to act on busi­ness for global good.