By The Editors
The Clinton Global Initiative University was launched in 2007 by President Clinton to develop a growing community of students on college campuses around the world – a community working to make the world a better place. Who are the students participating in this community? They are leaders – young leaders set to make a difference. They don’t just discuss global challenges – they come up with innovative ideas to solve the global challenges they discuss and then take real, concrete steps to implement those ideas.
Students in this community develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action to address a selected challenge. Central to Commitments to Action is the translation of practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. In addition, college and university students participate to a competition, the Commitments Challenge.
This year, the winner of the Commitments Challenge is a graduate student from Arizona State University, Davier Rodriguez. His team’s project, DREAMzone, aims to establish a national network of allies to support undocumented students. He says: “It will offer a four hour ally certification course that breaks down preconceived notions of undocumented students and educates participants on federal, state, and local challenges. I hope to enhance undocumented students’ higher education experiences by creating a national network of supportive allies.”
Here Davier talks about what motivated him to start his winning project.