Two USM students make plans to change our community for the better

Two USM students make plans to change our community for the better

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Two students from The University of Southern Mississippi have been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Former United States President Bill Clinton started the program in 2007 to allow world leaders to work together in order to take action on global challenges. At the event, students will have the opportunity to discuss pressing issues that affect the global economy with other college students, university representatives, topic experts and celebrities.

“My personal goal out of this is to really make a difference. I feel like so many times we say or get on social media and talk about social issues, but we don't do anything about them,” student and CGI U attendee Kristen Dupard. “I want to be the person that says I did, not I hoped. I want to actually take this time to make a difference in my community.”

The Initiative focuses on five areas for innovation: education, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, public health, and environment and climate change.

Before attending CGI U the both students must complete their Commitment to Action. The two have teamed up to work on their commitment “Empower to vote, Save the vote.”

“Kristen and I had this idea to do Empower to vote, Save the Vote. I believe that is the perfect way to give students the opportunity to actually have their voices heard,” said student and CGI U attendee Jeremy Moore. “People sometimes take voting for advantage because it may not work for them in their mind, but it's a great way for their voices to be heard.”

President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the event at the University of Miami from March 6-8 with more than 1,100 other students in attendance. Dupard and Moore will the then come back to Hattiesburg to work on “Empower to vote, Save the vote.” Both attendees agree that the initiative will charge them and they will be ready to partner with the city of Hattiesburg, other universities and businesses, in order to encourage young adults to register and vote.