Clinton Global Initiative University


Become a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Commitment Maker in 2023!

The Office of Engaged Learning is the home for the CGIU program at SMU.  This is an exciting opportunity for both SMU undergraduate and graduate students to belong to an exciting cohort of over 600 social entrepreneurs, from over 100 nations and 300 countries, who are all working to solve some our world’s most pressing issues. 

If selected by CGIU as a commitment maker you will be awarded…

  •  Up to 1500 dollars, first applied to the CGIU in-person or virtual conference and then applied to your funding request for your Commitment to Action Project
  •  Participation in a year-long curriculum to support the development of your Commitment to Action.  Designed and driven from CGIU’s national team, awardees will attend (TBD):

o   Welcome Week and Onboarding

o   March 3-5, 2023: Annual Meeting at Vanderbilt University

o   Module 1 - Laying the Groundwork for Your Commitment

o   Module 2 - Taking Your Project to the Next Level

 o  Module 3 – Maintaining Momentum


  • From CGIU alumni with demonstrated skills, expertise, and leadership in social entrepreneurship
  • Team Mentoring with 10-15 students
  • 7-12 hours per month of coaching sessions, office hours, and group discussions
  • Commitment makers are matched with mentors by entrepreneurial stage, mentorship style, shared experiences of other cohort members, and time zones

Incubator@SMU Coworking Privileges

The Incubator@SMU at 700 Expressway Towers on SMU’s East Campus provides space, educational programming, a network, beverage service, printing, wifi, additional mentoring, and more chances for funding.  All CGIU Commitment makers are given the opportunity to commit to the cohort models and the incubator’s amenities.

Check out your Commitment to Action Toolkit Here

The deadline for CGIU 2022 is December 16, 2022. Contact our office at for help with your application


To learn more about how to apply you can attend any of these pre-recorded sessions on the CGIU website and also email for supporting in drafting and finalizing your application for submission.

See current and past SMU Commitment Makers