Clinton Global Initiative gets underway at Washington University

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By Alex Fees

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - In years past the Clinton Global Initiative has been held at George Washington University and University of Texas in Austin. This year it is taking place at Washington University in St. Louis.

There are 1,000 college students from around the country are participating. The Clinton Global Initiative is an extension of former President Bill Clinton's philanthropic foundation.

In addition to the former president, speakers at this year's event include his daughter Chelsea, actor Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central.

Topics include education, environment and climate change, human rights, poverty, and public health. Real solutions to all of those problems will be tackled by the students coming from all over the world to be here.

Students from 300 universities and 75 different countries were registered to attend.

Carol Hundert is among them. She goes to school at Yale University.

"Well I'm really excited to see Bill Clinton," said Hundert. "I'm excited to meet other students who have similar interests to me. I'm really interested in human rights and international development."

Qianying Lin is a native of China. She attends University of Florida.

Lin said, "There was an earthquake in China 2008. I want to do something to my home country to help them. So I plan to host a geology trip to China to help the local economy."

Amanda Yuen is a Washington University student who started the Missouri Regional Science Bowl.

"The Clinton Global Initiative is not just a way to find a local connection, but also a way to connect these students and this project to people from around the United States and around the world," said Yuen.

Rob Wild is assistant to Chancellor Mark Wrighton. He's also commissioned with bringing the Clinton Global Initiative to St. Louis.

"We've just been so excited about the opportunity we have, to bring not only these 1,000 outstanding students to St. Louis and to Washington University but also these 50 really amazing speakers," said Wild.

The plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday will be live streamed and available to watch here.



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