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Global Brainstorming New School Students Make Commitments at Clinton Global Initiative University

From left: Michelle Munoz, Myeashea Alexander, and Kristin Molloy with President Clinton

From left: Michelle Munoz, Myeashea Alexander, and Kristin Molloy with President Clinton

Fourteen New School students headed south last weekend to attend the Clinton Global Initiative, University (CGI U) held at the University of Miami. Modeled on the Clinton Global Initiative, which engages world leaders against environmental, economic, and public health challenges, the CGI U invites college students to submit proposals that address global problems, dubbed commitments to action.,

Upon her return from Miami, Lang student Kristin Molloy said, It was overall a fantastic experience. I got the opportunity to meet so many different people who came from all walks of life. I met a few students from China, as well as India and it’s so interesting to see the different commitments they were working on., Molloy’s project, which she collaborated on with Michelle Munoz, and Myeashea Alexander, focuses on building media literacy through the skills of digital video production, specifically centering on young girls in underserved, urban communities.

Molloy, Munoz, and Alexander had the opportunity to speak with President Bill Clinton. People may disagree with his politics, but his commitment to the CGI U and its students is just inspiring,, said Molloy. You can see how much hope he has for the future when he talks about the CGI U and the commitments that the students have made.,

Students from across The New School were equally inspired to follow through on their projects, which are far ranging and, if implemented, would indeed have a healing effect on the world. Here is a sampling of their ideas.

  • Priscilla Lee (Parsons The New School for Design): Expanding White Tops, a nonprofit organization striving to reduce the effects of increased temperatures in urban and suburban environments.
  • Flannery Miller (graduate program in International Affairs): The expansion of an international youth media project currently taking place in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the South Bronx.
  • Dean Morris / Rachel Dawn Fudim-Davis (Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy): The implementation of a farmer’s caf√© in Central Harlem with the principles of sustainability and social justice at the core of its design and implementation.
  • Christopher Naess (graduate program in International Affairs): The creation of global video letters focusing on the lives of young people often overlooked by mainstream media and other documentary film making.
  • Lindsay Silver (The New School for Social Research, Economics): A green box initiative which involves partnering with businesses and educational institutions in the New York area, to reuse older technology and to provide it to low-income schools.
  • Suzanne Sousa (Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy): In honor of Sousa’s great-grandmother, help develop hub-hybrid centers powered by solar energy located in three villages in Mozambique to provide farmers and their families with low-cost / free drip irrigation.

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