Clinton Global Initiative University   

Fresno State is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a unique community of students from colleges around the globe who are interested in contributing to a better world.

Would you like to be a part of that movement?

We are looking for Fresno State students who are interested in taking tangible steps towards solving an issue that affects your campus, your community or your world. That issue can be in any of CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation and Public Health.


Start by brainstorming a Commitment to Action – a set of specific and measurable initiatives - that aim to solve the challenge you’ve identified. Students from all over the world have solved all kinds of problems through CGI U and raised nearly $2 million to do it.

Past Commitments of Action have included a soccer ball that generates energy, a campus bike-sharing program, a solar-powered telemedicine terminal and a low-cost wheelchair for the developing world. Funding may be available for you to turn your ideas into action.

Why not solve that problem you’ve always wanted to? We’re here to simplify the process and help you help your campus, your community or your world.

Click HERE to learn more or apply. 

Please note, students must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in Fresno State to apply for this program. Contact the Lyles Center for information regarding submissions.



Fresno State is proud to be a part of the Clinton Global Initiative University, a network of universities whose students are committed to mobilizing in an effort to benefit their university, community and society.

President Castro has provided funding to support this effort. At this time we are inviting applications from students and groups who wish to accomplish a social benefit project.

Mini grants in amounts from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded. Funding can be used to start a new project or accelerate an existing project. Funds may NOT be used to pay any salaries or fees to project members. If you have a project that needs support, fill out an application today.





Fresno State students Cindy Arredondo, Alexis Jackson and Manuel Marin were selected to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference in Miami. Arredondo, Jackson and Marin each developed their own Commitments to Action, a set of specific and measurable initiatives aimed at addressing a social challenge. They were each recognized by Fresno State President Joseph Castro and Lyles Center Executive Director Timothy Stearns on April 16, 2015.