IMC Student Meets Former President Bill Clinton at Global Impact Conference
On April 5, 2013, Integrated Marketing Communications major Jenna Jablonski, ‘13, attended the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative University Conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Jenna was among 1,000 students invited to attend based on their commitments to action, or detailed project plans for creating social change in any way and community they choose. Jenna shares a CGI U commitment with three team members from Cornell University, who together promote student volunteerism in Cairo, Egypt, through their startup, the Volunteer Connection Project: Egypt.
Facilitated by Bill and Chelsea Clinton, the CGI U conference explored today’s most pressing global challenges, with a specific focus on the role of young people as agents of change. Jenna attended panels on specific issues pertaining to her own international and extracurricular experience, including global water and sanitation issues and human trafficking. She was also privileged to attend presentations by Stephen Colbert, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter. On Friday night of the three-day conference, Jenna had the honor of meeting former President Clinton and Robert Harrison, the CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative, as they mingled with the Cornell constituency.
On the final day of the conference, Jenna worked alongside other CGI U participants in a day of service at a local high school, Gateway STEM. She and her counterparts hauled soil to lay the foundation for the school’s new community garden. Jenna enjoyed this opportunity to act on the overarching theme of the weekend: community engagement.
For several months leading up to the conference, Jenna has been working with three Cornell students to establish short-term volunteer opportunities for the U.S. and Canadian college students in Cairo, Egypt. Jenna serves as volunteer relations consultant for the CGI U affiliated project VCP: Egypt. Founded by Cornell student Zeinab El Tobgui for CGI U 2012, the startup operates through a nonprofit consulting model, sending qualified student volunteers as consultants to complete capacity building projects with one of three partner NGOs. VCP aims to address the lack of opportunities for students in the U.S. and Canada to volunteer in the Middle East while simultaneously supporting Egyptian NGOs.
Jenna thanks the Park Foundation for enabling her to travel to CGI U.
Contributed by Jenna Jablonski, IMC major, ‘13.