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UFOP former Student leads global communication project in Clinton Foundation program

The "Communication to Change", Clinton Global Initiative University 2023 (CGI U), by the Clinton Foundation will be lead by Sandra Roza, from Mariana and former student from UFOP Journalism program, together with Marcelle Chagas, Journalist and master's student in Social Communication program of the Fluminense Federal University (UFF). With worldwide impact, the project brings together communication, education and engagement for young students affected by the pandemic.

Sandra highlights the importance of a project carried out by two black women who represent Brazil and Mariana in a network of global leaders. "It is a privilege to be a member of a global leadership group that is active and wants to make a difference, such as CGI U. Even more so because we are black women, master’s, and communication specialists, leading a project of global reach," she says. "We will demonstrate to the world the transforming power of communication when produced  in a plural way, including individuals who are frequently on the edges yet they should actually be at the core. It is all about putting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ESG [Environmental, Social, and Governance] into action, and doing so prominently", she concludes.

Sandra Roza graduated in 2019, and also holds a master's degree in Social Communication from UFOP. Sandra and Marcelle Chagas are respectively  coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion and Institutional Relationship, and the general coordinator of the Network of Journalists for Diversity in Communication (JP Network).

Sandra believes that, to make innovation more accessible, it is essential " protagonism and pluralism, outside the university walls including others, to create solutions that change their communities. This is ESG in action.”

THE INITIATIVE - With offices located in New York and Little Rock, Arkansas, CGI U is a nonprofit corporation created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton with the stated mission of "strengthening the ability of individuals in the United States and throughout the globe to confront the challenges of global interdependence." By 2016, the foundation had raised two billion dollars from U.S. companies, foreign governments and corporations, political contributors and many other groups and individuals, receiving widespread praise from philanthropy experts and attracting bipartisan support in the country.

CGI U is a transformative leadership training program with a global reach that brings together thousands of social, economic, and environmental impact initiatives for mentoring, project development focused on innovation, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2023 alone, the effort will bring together around 700 students from over 92 countries.