The University will launch its first project for the Clinton Global Initiative at an event Oct. 18 with Chelsea Clinton.
Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will kick off GW Phones for Hope, a campaign to collect 20,000 used cell phones by March 2012.
The University will partner with Hope Phones, a nonprofit that recycles out-of-use electronics and donates the proceeds to charity. GW’s collection drive will help fund maternal and child health projects in Nepal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The campaign is the University’s first “Commitment to Action” after being selected to host the fifth-annual Clinton Global Initiative University last week.
“Commitments” are a core part of the campus-based arm of Clinton’s organization. Since its founding, students across the country have made more than 3,000 commitments that address social, economic and environmental challenges.
Christy Turlington Burns, international activist for maternal and child health, will also address students about the campaign. Burns, a former Calvin Klein model and filmmaker, founded the maternal heath awareness organization Every Mother Counts in 2009.
The kick off event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Marvin Center. Students can RSVP through the University’s Eventbrite website.