Clinton Global Initiative U

Clinton Global Initiative University 2018 Applications open

Through CSIE, UNH became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative U  in 2017, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that supports, mentors, and provides seed funding to student change-makers on their campuses. Each year, CGI U brings together more than 1,000 student leaders from over 70 countries and 250 schools to develop “Commitments to Action”: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address challenges on campus and around the world.


CGI U Dates, Deadlines and Application

CGIU is taking a break in 2019, but is planning another CGIU meeting in Spring 2020! UNH will once again support students in applying, attending the meeting, and in developing their Commitments to Action.

The CGI U meeting provides opportunities for student commitment-makers to network with one another, attend skill sessions and office hours with leading social innovators, and connect with alumni mentors. 

Email Faina Bukher for updates, to keep informed, or to be placed on a UNH team.
Get help and tips for putting together your application. 

CGI U 2017 Participants

CSIE coordinated 5 UNH student teams to apply for the 10th Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting in October 2017. Based on their applications and our recommendation, all 5 teams from UNH (9 students total) were accepted. CSIE worked with these teams to support their participation at the 3-day event in October 2017.

Village Internet

Tom Giancola | UNH Political Science ’15 | Current student: Carsey School of Public Policy, Masters of Public Policy
Winner of the Community Track of the  2016 Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Village Internet is an innovative approach to rural broadband access for low income individuals.


Jit Banerjee | Current student: Carsey School of Public Policy, Masters of Public Policy 
Winner of the Student Track of the 2016 Social Venture Innovation Challenge.  Aquinput will provide shrimp farmers in Bangladesh with better inputs, standardization services, and market access, particularly important as incomes decline for climate-change affected farmers.

Project Oasis

Savannah Passaretti-Fina | Current UNH undergraduate: Mechanical Engineering major/Sustainable Agriculture minor 
3rd Prize winner of the 2015 Social Venture Innovation Challenge.  Project Oasis (Optimizing Aquaponic Systems to Improve Sustainability) was an interdisciplinary capstone project of two engineering students and provides a sustainable and affordable small-scale aquaponic system, initially for implementation in a village in Costa Rica, and later for use in developing nations to tackle the problems of malnutrition and food insecurity. The project at UNH lives on through the mentorship of Professor Todd Guerdat, a specialist in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Trash 2 Treasure

Jake Werner | Current UNH undergraduate: Environmental & Resource Econ & International Affairs
Jill Howard | Current UNH undergraduate: Business Administration
Emily MacInnis | Current UNH undergraduate: Animal Science 
Although started in 2011 by a former student and a very successful operation through 2014, Trash 2 Treasure (T2T) has suffered from inconsistent leadership in the last 2 years. The Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise has worked with the students and the UNH administration over the last year to create a new UNH category of a “student run social enterprise.” T2T will now have oversight and support from our Center, as well as an outside advisory board, and we see it as a great opportunity to build a vibrant “living learning laboratory” for generations of UNH students to get hands on experience in running a student-run social enterprise.

Next Step

Sam Warach | Paul College ’17: Business (Finance) and International Affairs 
TJ Evarts | Current UNH undergraduate: Chemical Engineering and Computer Science
Max Miller | Current UNH undergraduate: Engineering Physics
NextStep offers a web and mobile software platform, applying new technologies to existing infrastructure, to break the cycle of addiction and curb the opioid epidemic. The NextStep platform provides personalized recovery support and connects people suffering from addiction to recovery resources. The team was awarded the 2017 Marsh Award  as part of UNH’s Holloway Prize competition for the Best Written Business Proposal. ​ ​