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Towson joins university network on global issues

24 November 2013 By Cody Boteler, Assistant News Editor No Comments

The Towson University’s inaugural year with the Clinton Global Initiative University Network is 2014.

President Bill Clinton launched the CGIU Network in 2007 to “engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world,” according to the network’s website.

“[CGIU] fits directly into our mission,” Director of Civic Engagement & Leadership Chris Jensen said.

The CGIU Network is a collection of colleges and universities that guide students as they develop potential solutions for global issues. The network provides mentorship, support and seed funding, according to an email from the office of civic engagement.

In the same email, Jensen said that Towson University would aid students as they apply to attend CGIU 2014, and aid students financially if they are selected to attend.

Towson University came to be a part of the program through collaboration among Jensen, Cynthia Kalodner, a professor in the psychology department and Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Moriarty.

Junior Diana Goldsmith has begun the application process for CGIU 2014. Her commitment to action involves the microfinancing institution, Kiva. She also wants to educate students about poverty and other global issues through her program.

“I think that [CGIU 2014] is going to be a great opportunity; there is always so much to learn, and I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity to apply and gain so much knowledge from so many other talented and motivated students,” she said.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 17, 2014. Students who wish to apply, or who are looking for more information, are encouraged to contact the Civic Engagement & Leadership office.

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