Eleven University of Central Florida students representing a wide range of degree programs will discuss and develop solutions to real-world global issues during a conference for college campus leaders hosted by President Bill Clinton.

The 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University conference will be held March 21-23 at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

Since joining the CGI University Network last year, UCF is one of more than 45 colleges and universities worldwide that have committed to provide $10,000 in funding to students selected by the university to pursue their Commitments to Action at CGI U 2014.

Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

“I am very excited that UCF is providing a platform for student social change initiatives to come to fruition through the CGI U program,” said Stacey Malaret, the facilitator for CGI U at UCF and director for student leadership development. “Our students have such great ideas and a passion for their community that will benefit from this funding and mentoring.”

Some of the selected students from UCF will collaborate on group projects, and others will work individually. Their focus areas are:


John DeLisa, senior, musical theatre

Tommy Hall, senior, musical theatre

Environment and climate change

Lucien Charland, junior, international and global studies

Rebecca Chang, junior, international and global studies

Charlene Kormondy, senior, environmental science

Will Chorvat, senior, environmental science

Shelby Olson, senior, biology

Peace and human rights

Hannah Ehrli, doctoral student, education

LaSonya Moore, doctoral student, education

Poverty alleviation

Carolina Riveros, junior, biomedicine

Andres Riveros, freshman, sport and exercise science

Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, CGI U has brought together more than 5,500 student leaders from 135 countries and more than 800 schools.

For more information about the meeting, visit www.cgiu.org.