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Fifteen Babson and Olin College of Engineering Students Accepted to CGI U 2017


Fifteen Babson and Olin College of Engineering students have been accepted to attend the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting at Northeastern University October 13-15. The annual meeting brings together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Commitments to Action, a unique feature of the CGI U model, are new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address global challenges across CGI U’s five focus areas. With the goal of CGI U being to engage action in communities after the conference has ended, conversations and keynotes which take place there are focused on inspiring students to continue the calls to action and better the communities around them.

Babson has sent students to the conference since becoming a University Network member in 2013, and the students involved have continually been recognized as changemakers on campus. The Lewis Institute mentors student commitment-makers as they develop and implement their plans, as well as invests in commitments that we believe can gain traction and are scalable. Here’s a look at the students and groups who have been selected for the 2017 meeting.

James Pratama ’20, Jingxin Sui ‘20
Venture: Orange Papaya
Focus area: Poverty Alleviation
Mission: Orange Papaya will work to help socially driven organizations in Indonesia grow by selling locally produced fair trade goods to new markets in the United States.

Prabha Dublish ’18, Derek Tu ‘18
Venture: Womentum
Focus area: Poverty Alleviation
Mission: Womentum is a crowdfunding platform to give female entrepreneurs in developing countries funds to run their businesses and pay it forward to other female entrepreneurs after turning a profit of their own.

Salome Mosehle ‘18
Venture: Womandla
Focus area: Education
Mission: Womandla helps young, black females from disadvantaged communities pursue a business degree in three years through a full-ride scholarship, leadership coaching, and skills training.

Colleen Leung MBA’18, Yash Banthia MBA’18, Akhil Suresh Nair MBA‘18
Venture: The Human Library
Focus area: Education
Mission: The Human Library gathers people together to exchange ideas, share experiences and impart knowledge, creating a safe place for conversations that challenge stereotypes while educating audiences in a personal and interactive manner.

Tien Mai ‘20
Venture: Beyond Budget
Focus area: Education
Mission: Beyond Budget provides mentoring and application support for prestigious international students who want to study in the United States but have a lack of financial resources or mentorship support at home.

Jong Kyu Lim ‘18
Venture: Table C
Focus area: Public Health
Mission: Table C is an open community table project in college dining areas for people to join and eat together, make new friends, and strengthen community.

Christina Gee ‘17
Venture: IoT Storm Drain Sensors
Focus area: Public Health
Mission: IoT Storm Drain Sensors is developing IoT sensors to partner with various municipalities to create a system that can proactively detect sources of water contamination.

Cynthia Yong ’19, Erica Lee (Olin College ’19)
Venture: Mental Fitness Training: Foster Resiliency in Undergraduates
Focus area: Public Health
Mission: Mental Fitness Training will expand Babson’s Grit & Resilience Training through participant feedback and peer to peer facilitation in order to help cultivate resiliency skills to prevent academic, social, and personal pressures from developing into more concerning mental health problems for students.

Yulkendy Valdez ’17, Josuel Plasencia ‘17
Venture: Project 99
Focus area: Education
Mission: Project 99 seeks to implement workforce development programs in metropolitan cities across the US for millennials of color in partnership with Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, and leading organizations.