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March 12, 2009

Birmingham-Southern College student among Clinton Global Initiative University commitment-makers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College senior Kathleen Smith was recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) annual meeting held recently at the University of Texas, Austin. She was recognized by former President Bill Clinton as a commitment-maker for her project titled The West End Microcredit Project.

CGIU builds on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this year, and brings together college students dedicated to making commitments to address a particular global concern with practical and innovative solutions. These commitments were highlighted at a conference hosted by Clinton.

Smith was among 1,000 college students and almost 70 university presidents, as well as leading non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, youth leaders and celebrities who took part in the meeting hosted by the Student Government at The University of Texas.

As part of her project, Smith commits to give at least two microcredit loans, each of an amount between $100 and $2,000, within 6 to 12 months of the start of the project to residents of West End, the neighborhood in which Birmingham-Southern is located. She will raise the money and then loan it to support personal initiative and the entrepreneurial spirit of the neighborhood.

Smith, a native of Hixson, Tenn., is an interdisciplinary philosophy/politics/economics major and the daughter of Scott and Margaret Smith.

The Clinton Global Initiative is a project of the non-partisan Clinton Foundation.

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