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SEED Students To Attend Clinton Global Initiative University

December 08, 2014

From the left: Hadson Jarquin, Jonathan Campos, Astrid
Carmona, Cynthia Chery, Marian Quezada, Ninosca
Mercedes, Byron Castillo and Anderson Lima.

Eight students attending St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley through the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program have been selected to attend Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) 2015.

Students include Johnny Campos from Mexico, Cynthia Chery from Haiti, Anderson Lima and Byron Castillo from Guatemala, Hadson Jarquin from Nicaragua, Astrid Carmona from Honduras as well as Ninosca Mercedes and Marian Quezada from the Dominican Republic.

CGIU will be held at the University of Miami March 6-8, bringing together nearly 1,000 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.

Students will have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events that will cover topics across CGIU's five focus areas and allow them to network with their peers, build skills and identify potential partnerships.

Launched in 2007 by then-President Bill 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.

Students are required to develop their own commitment to action plan as a prerequisite of attending the CGIU. The students submitted their respective plans and were selected to be a part of a group of future leaders that hail from more than 90 countries.

“Their commitments to action range from saving sea turtles in Guatemala to starting an organic community garden in the Dominican Republic,” said Susan McKnight, SEED coordinator at STLCC. “I am so proud of how the students have integrated all they’ve learned in the SEED program at the Florissant Valley to become agents of change in their home communities."