Jarvis College Gets Clinton Foundation Funding for Student COVID-19 Pandemic Projects

The Clinton Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) COVID-19 Student Action Fund, providing $100,000 to student projects to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Student Action Fund is funded by Founding Partner, Kevin Xu, and the colleges and universities that comprise the CGI University Network.

UNCF-member institution Jarvis Christian College is one of the Fund’s recipients.

Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, this fund is geared towards 38 innovative social impact projects addressing the public health, economic, and societal impacts of the novel coronavirus — with commitments ranging from infectious disease monitoring and response systems; social enterprises; awareness and prevention campaigns; and other emergency response initiatives to providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines.

The fund provides $100,000 in total to select students at universities around the world, with each grant awarded ranging up to $5,000. The Action Fund was first announced by President Bill Clinton during the 2020 CGI U At Home virtual event, which featured conversations with national and international government and public health leaders. The 38 recipients of this award represent 12 countries and the following 29 institutions of higher learning:

  • African Methodist Episcopal University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • HEC Paris
  • Hofstra University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University College London
  • University of Alabama–Birmingham
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Kenya
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University

A list of the Action Fund recipients and their commitments can be found here.

These projects are made through CGI U’s “Commitment to Action” model, pioneered by President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in 2005. From 2005 through 2016, more than 3,600 commitments were made through CGI which have improved the lives of over 435 million people worldwide.

In partnership with GoFundMe, CGI U is also launching a COVID-19 Student Crowdfunding Challenge as an opportunity to support additional student-led projects that are tackling the novel coronavirus. The Crowdfunding Challenge kicks off on Monday, August 10, 2020, and ends Friday, August 28, 2020.

Jarvis Christian College’s COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign reaches out to young Black and Brown people who are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 and most likely to have little knowledge about the pandemic, because many do not believe the pandemic is real or believe it will not affect them. The Jarvis CGI U Commitment Makers are Joslyn Prince and Yeremia Kibangu. Learn more about Jarvis’ GoFundMe.

In addition to receiving seed funding from the Action Fund for their commitments, all selected students who are new to the CGI U program will receive invitations to participate in CGI U 2021. With a network of 10,000 alumni from more than 1,100 schools, 160 countries, and all 50 states, CGI U students have made more than 7,000 Commitments to Action, positively impacting their hometowns, their college campuses, and communities around the globe.

If you would like to know more about the CGI U Student Action Fund, you may contact Mr. Chestley Talley, Director of Career Services at ctalley@jarvis.edu or by phone at (903) 730-4890 ext. 4040 or at (804) 721-7755.

About Clinton Global Initiative: The Clinton Global Initiative University Student Action Fund, funded by Kevin Xu and the CGI University Network, is supporting 38 projects, including establishing electronic health record systems in developing nations; providing resources to help children with disabilities in need of medical supplies; promoting inclusion within medical aid by assisting minority communities; and many more. Find out more at www.cgiu.org

About Jarvis Christian College: Jarvis Christian College is a historically Black liberal arts, four-year institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The mission of the college is to prepare a diverse population of lifelong learners intellectually, socially, spiritually, and personally through providing interactive services and using varied modalities of instructional delivery. Find out more at www.jarvis.edu.