ATLANTA—President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will partner with Morehouse College to co-host a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) virtual event at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 that will bring together business, health, and student leaders to discuss strategies to build a more inclusive future through entrepreneurship, innovation, and the recruitment of a diverse workforce.
This is the Clinton Foundation’s first event with Morehouse College. Founded in 1867 in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is the nation’s only HBCU focused on educating men. The liberal arts college has a nationally-acclaimed business program and is the top feeder school for black men entering Harvard Business School. Morehouse is also the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs, with five Morehouse Men receiving the honor. The College educates 2,200 students. As the national epicenter for thought leadership on civil rights, Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which have created disparities in income, employment, health, housing, and educational opportunities for people of African descent.
“This year it’s become clearer than ever how much more work we have to do to achieve an equal and just society. America can't succeed unless all people have the chance to succeed,” said President Clinton. “Through CGI U, we’re helping students identify ways they can take action and address major challenges like inequality and health disparities. I’m excited for the chance to join Morehouse for next week’s program, and to discuss ways we can all work toward a more inclusive future.”
Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College said that the program is a welcome addition to the signature experiences that students can participate in during the virtual Fall 2020 Semester.
"Morehouse College is honored to partner with President Clinton and CGI U in this important conversation that will challenge students to be the change agents that this nation needs to build a healthy economy that promotes diversity, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” President Thomas said.
This event is part of CGI U’s expanded year-round curriculum which offers opportunities for students to engage with national and global leaders, and coordinate action with their peers. All CGI U students make “Commitments to Action” that address a challenge in their communities, supported by year-round programming that includes access to leadership development, mentorship, skills training, and funding opportunities. This follows the 2020 CGI U At Home virtual event in April, which featured conversations with national and international government and public health leaders, and an announcement this summer of $100,000 in grants made to student projects that address the COVID pandemic.
Following the program, CGI U and Morehouse students will come together in virtual breakout sessions to participate in smaller group discussions with peers.
Schedule subject to change, the event agenda includes the following:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 11 a.m. EDT
- David Thomas, President, Morehouse College
- President Bill Clinton, Founder and Board Chair, Clinton Foundation & 42nd President of the United States
Panel 1: Start It Up: Entrepreneurship for Impact & Building an Inclusive Economy in an Uncertain World
Today’s college graduates face an increasingly unstable job market, an economy in chaos, and declining rates of social mobility across their generation, particularly forBlack Americans. They are starting their careers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has only magnified the crises of inequality and unemployment throughout the US. It is estimated that over 40% of Black-owned businesses will never reopen following the pandemic, only further compounding an existing lack of economic inclusion. Yet many young Black Americans are harnessing entrepreneurship and social innovation when it is needed most, and their startups and social enterprises are boosting small business growth. This session will highlight howcollege students and recent graduates, particularly those from communities of color, can:
- Find the seed capital, mentorship, and networks of support necessary to launch
- Utilize technology as a tool for social good and to create more inclusive their enterprises and jumpstart their careers; businesses and industries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,
- Exercise leadership in a polarized and deeply unequal world, while laying the
- Better understand the resources that may be available to help students launch groundwork for greater long-term social mobility; and or grow their businesses like CDFIs, Block Grants and Opportunity Zones.
- President Bill Clinton
- La June Montgomery Tabron, President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Aurora James, Creative Director and Founder, Brother Vellies and Founder, 15 Percent Pledge
- Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon
- Grant Bennett, People Analytics Research Analyst, Google
Panel 2: Health Equity in the Midst of COVID-19
In this conversation, Chelsea Clinton will discuss with Dr. David Satcher, Morehouse Alum and Founder and Senior Advisor at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine; and LaShyra Nolen, CGI U alum and Student Council President ’23 of Harvard Medical School, what it takes to eliminate health disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
- Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
- David Satcher, Founder and Senior Advisor, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine
- LaShyra Nolen, Student Council President ’23, Harvard Medical School
Panel 3: Conversation on Youth Leadership and Innovation at Morehouse
- Jamal Simmons, CBS News Political Contributor and Host, #ThisisFYI on Instagram
- Tiffany Rogers Bussey, Founding Director, Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
- Jaden Alexander Cody, Undergraduate Student, Morehouse College
Since its launch in 2007, CGI U has been a leader in bringing together 10,000 college students from around the globe to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges – building “Commitments to Action” that address challenges in their communities.
The CGI U Class of 2020 has developed more than 650 Commitments to Action to address a wide range of issues within focus areas of education, environment and climate change, poverty alleviation, peace and human rights, and public health. With a network of 10,000 alumni from more than 1,100 schools, 160 countries, and all 50 states, CGI U students have made more than 7,000 Commitments to Action, positively impacting their hometowns, their college campuses, and communities around the globe.
CGI U’s year-round program is made possible through the generous support of IBM, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Kevin Xu, with special thanks to Verizon.
“This year it’s become clearer than ever how much more work we have to do to achieve an equal and just society. America can't succeed unless all people have the chance to succeed. Through CGI U, we’re helping students identify ways they can take action and address major challenges like inequality and health disparities. I’m excited for the chance to join Morehouse for next week’s program, and to discuss ways we can all work toward a more inclusive future.”President Clinton