Southern Miss Students to attend Clinton Global Initiative University

University of Southern Mississippi seniors Jazmyne Butler and Ashley Betts have been invited to join a prestigious group of collegiate standouts as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Each year, CGIU hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. This spring's event will be held at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5 - 7, bringing together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGIU's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Butler and Betts were selected after submitting a Commitment to Action proposal to the CGIU organizers. Their project is titled "Inspired to Dream Foundation: Empowering Young Women of a New Generation. Directed at girls between the ages of 10-18, the plan aims to empower young minority women in Mississippi's impoverished communities by having them think critically about themselves, their identity and their goals, while breaking down negative stereotypes.

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