Six George Mason University students were selected to attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), an annual event for students who create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Social work major Yasmine Kaidbey was selected for her program to empower youth to be proactive advocates against sexual assault. Curriculum and instruction major Abigail Dillingham and foreign languages major Rahma Maccarone created a project to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through educational efforts in the developing African nation of Lesotho. And conflict analysis and resolution major Tyler Rogers, global affairs major Ethan Ellert, and applied global conservation major Ashley Fortner are part of a team of George Mason students and alumni that created the Amazon WaSH Project. This initiative brings water filters to indigenous Maijuna villagers in the Peruvian Amazon.
CGI U was launched in 2007 by former President Bill Clinton. This year’s event was March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and University Life provide the funding to support the Mason CGI U students. Below is an account of Rogers’ experience at the event.