In March of 2008, around 700 college and university students from around the world joined together in New Orleans, Louisiana to commit to making lasting change in the world. The students convened at Tulane University from March 14-16 to attend the inaugural meeting of Clinton Global Initiative – University (CGI-U).
The CGI-U conference offered the first opportunity for the Talloires Network to bring together students from member institutions to engage with peers and discuss pressing international issues. The Talloires Network invited all member institutions to encourage students to apply, and also supported the travel and lodging expenses for pairs of students from institutions outside the U.S.
24 students from Talloires Network member institutions attended this conference, from eleven different universities and seven different countries. These students engaged in Talloires Network workshops before and after the CGI-U conference, and also met with Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow for a special breakfast session.
These meetings provided the basis for the growing student-led arm of the Talloires Network, a new and developing initiative that will connect students from different cultures and communities to share experiences, collaborate on similar projects, and support each other’s ambitions. This growing network will enhance existing student programs, create ideas and opportunities for further programs, and reinforce the importance of student-led action addressing social needs and global concerns. The Talloires Network at CGI-U: Conference Report>>