EPPS Students Invited to Clinton Conference

Three students from UT Dallas, including two EPPS majors, recently attended the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, where they met student leaders from across the country and worked toward improving the world alongside those leaders.

Josette Rophael, a sophomore International Political Economy major; Vrithika Anandham, a senior studying Political Science, and Saron Zekiros, a junior Global Business student were the first group from UT Dallas to attend a CGI U conference.

In order to attend the conference, students had to develop a Commitment to Action. This commitment had to involve a new, specific initiative created by the students to measurably improve a community, whether that community is local or global in size.

The UT Dallas students developed a program called "A New Horizon" which Anandham says "focuses on helping refugees in the DFW area with job preparation and interpersonal skills."

"We are very excited to be the first group from UTD to attend the conference and hope that more UTD students attend in the future.” Anandham added, saying that the group is continuing to move its project forward. “We are working on recruiting as many volunteers as possible who could help us implement our plan and hope to network with other organizations that aid refugees."

The conference, which took place at Arizona State University, featured plenary meetings, working sessions, and special events dedicated to CGI U’s five focus areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Speakers included Secretary Hillary Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Jimmy Kimmel.