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President, Students Invited to Clinton Initiative - Will be joined by Chinese business students who are visiting Pacific

Apr 9, 2010

Pamela A. Eibeck, President of University of the Pacific, will attend the third annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), an annual meeting hosted by former President Bill Clinton of college students, college administrators and youth leaders who address global challenges. Eibeck will be accompanied by 15 students from Pacific and Board of Regents member Ron Cordes, who secured the invitation to the conference for Pacific.

The Pacific delegation will be joined by 30 business students from China who first will visit Pacific for the University's first ever U.S.-China Social Enterprise Summit. That event is three-days of workshops, speakers and discussions about social entrepreneurship and how it can help solve global issues.

"As a result of Pacific's reputation as a leader in social entrepreneurship, its delegation will have a featured role at the conference" said Jerry Hildebrand, director of Pacific's Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship. "In fact each of its 15 student representatives will be making specific commitments of action projects they will be implementing on the campus and in the community upon their return as major change agents with sustainable solutions."

The Clinton Global Initiative University is in its third year. Headed by President Clinton, the project invites leaders from campuses worldwide to discuss issues in education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. At the end of the three-days of workshops, the attendees then make pledges to work on a project that will address one of those areas of concern.

This year, guest speakers for the three-day event include former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and pop singer Usher Raymond. Overall, approximately 1,500 students from around the world have been invited to the event, which will be held at the University of Miami. Pacific, with its 15 students, will have the largest contingent of any university at this year's CGI U meeting.

Before Eibeck and the students head to Florida, Pacific will host a visit from 30 Chinese business students who are studying social entrepreneurship. The students will be here for Pacific's U.S.-China Social Enterprise Summit, a three-day gathering of leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Topics addressed will include microfinance, clean energy, and affordable healthcare.

The Chinese students also will participate in a social venture pitch competition that will be judged by a panel of venture capitalists. The competition is sponsored by the Cordes Foundation.

The Chinese students are participants in the ECSEL Program (Empowering Chinese Social Enterprise Leaders) sponsored by the Schoenfeld Foundation in Hong Kong. They were chosen in a highly competitive process throughout China from an applicant pool of nearly 1,000. ECSEL's mission is to engage Chinese and American students in dialogue to work together and exchange ideas on international development and social entrepreneurship.

For more information about the U.S.-China Social Enterprise Summit as well as the Pacific Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, visit http://globalctr.org/. The announcement of the visit is also online at http://www.pacific.edu/x34941.xml.