Students are invited to apply to the Clinton Initiative University 2019 – 2020 program. Deadline is November 4.

Student social innovators are invited to apply to the Clinton Initiative University (CGI U) 2019-2020 program designed to identify and support students studying or interested in social impact and innovation, and who are using their skills to make a difference. Given Syracuse University’s commitment to social impact, this is a welcomed opportunity for students.  CGI U is a year-round program that provides students with the tools needed to develop social impact projects through a rigorous curriculum, high-touch mentorship, and a range of funding opportunities. Acceptance into CGI U also includes an invitation to a free three-day summit hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, to take place at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland from April 17-19, 2020. At this meeting, approximately 600 student leaders from around the world will come together to hear from a wide range of topic experts, leaders, and innovators to discuss how to turn their ideas into tangible action.  If students are interested in this opportunity,  The deadline for students to apply is Monday, November 4, 2019.  For more info:  Apply by November 4 at

Amanda Chou ’19 was selected to participate in the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in Boston.  CGI U was established in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. It is a global conference that brings together students, university representatives topic experts, and celebrities to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global such challenges as education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health. The event will take place this weekend at Northeastern University.

Amanda Chou

Amanda Chou

Chou pursued a double major in public relations at the Newhouse School of Public Communications and political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and was a founding member and chief marketing officer of Thrive Projects, and president of the campus student organization, Thrive @ SU, based at the LaunchPad in Bird Library.

Chou was also part of the team that represented Syracuse University at the prestigious 2017 Hult Prize competition.  Chou was the first Blackstone LaunchPad Global Media Fellow, selected in January 2017.  In that role, she focused on student outreach, communications and engagement, and helped build a network of Syracuse students interested in social entrepreneurship.

She is external affairs coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Seattle.