Students heading to Clinton Global Initiative University

Three graduate students are headed to Washington, D.C. over spring break to attend the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University.

The students — Mark Braseth, Patricia Hickson and Allie Camp — are each studying community and regional planning in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

And all three are part of LiveMove, an interdisciplinary student group that promotes livability and active transportation. The group brings together graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines to talk about how planning and design of transportation systems affects community quality of life and livability.

The idea, Braseth said, is “to encourage infrastructure that promotes active transportation,” meaning cycling and walking as well as public transportation.

“We’ve planned a very car-centric world, especially in the West,” Hickson said.

The group brings speakers to Eugene to discuss transportation and livability issues. The idea is “to build awareness in the community about how transportation affects other issues,” such as public health and the environment, Hickson said.

Braseth, Hickson and Camp are among more than 1,000 students from around the the world expected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, known as CGI U. The event takes place March 30-April 1 at George Washington University. Speakers include President Clinton; Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show; Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

“It’s a great opportunity to interact with other student leaders and see how people are making changes in their communities,” Braseth said.

The CGI U program will feature sessions that will examine issues throughout its five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. These sessions will allow students to gain further insight into today’s pressing global challenges and acquire the skills needed to make progress on their own commitments to action.
Tim Christie