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SEED student to attend Clinton Global Initiative University

April 01, 2013

Raul HernandezRaul Alfredo Mejia Hernandez, a student in the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development Program (SEED) program at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, has been selected to attend Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) 2013.

CGIU will be held at Washington University in St. Louis April 5-7, bringing together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.

Speakers at the conference include President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and a native of St. Louis.

Launched in 2007 by President Clinton, CGIU aims to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world by encouraging them to develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.

"We are proud of Raul's selection, and know he will represent all our SEED and STLCC students well,” said Susan McKnight, SEED coordinator. “After the CGIU conference, he will deliver a workshop for other STLCC students to help them develop plans to address pressing challenges locally or internationally."

Students are required to develop their own Commitment to Action Plan (CAP) as a prerequisite of attending the CG U. Hernandez submitted the CAP he had already developed for his home country, El Salvador, and was selected to be a part of a group of future leaders that hail from more than 90 countries.

“I have always been passionate about helping others, and I think this conference is going to help me develop my volunteering skills even more,” said Hernandez. 

Hernandez plans to teach English to young people from his community, and hopes that they will have the fluency required to further their studies abroad or apply for scholarships. He is the first SEED student at STLCC to be selected, although SEED students from other colleges will also be attending the conference.