Community Colleges to Host Clinton Foundation Event


Various community colleges across the country will serve as the virtual home campuses for the 2022 Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting, which brings together students from around the world selected for the Clinton Foundation’s one-year leadership development program. Undergraduate and graduate students meet academics and world leaders as part of the program and develop projects to address the social and economic challenges students face during the year.

The decision to involve community colleges is the result of a new partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges, according to an announcement made today by leaders of the Clinton Foundation. Former host campuses included the University of Chicago, Northeastern University, and the University of California at Berkeley, among others. Howard University was the virtual host in 2021.

Chelsea Clinton, vice president of the foundation, said the goal of the partnership is “to reach more students and harness more expertise to bring together the next generation of change makers.”

The program has gathered around 10,000 participants from more than 1,000 higher education institutions in 163 countries since its launch in 2007.

The mission of community colleges is “at the heart” of what the Clinton Global Initiative is trying to accomplish, Bill Clinton said in a press release. “By their very nature, community colleges are inclusive and foster opportunity for all. Community colleges are open to everyone, giving people a chance to pursue higher education and create better lives for themselves and their families.

Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, said that involving community colleges in organizing the annual meeting will benefit community college students by helping them “address issues. current issues and advance innovation from idea to reality in a real-world setting ”as program participants. He added that the Clinton Foundation will also benefit.

“Our community colleges will now be able to connect and contribute to the vast network of CGI U researchers and resources,” he said in the statement. “And, CGI University will benefit from the contributions of the 11.8 million community college students representing the diversity of our colleges and our country.”


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