Junior Arianna Farmer Named to Clinton Global Initiative

Junior Arianna Farmer Named to Clinton Global Initiative

Arianna Farmer

Junior Arianna Farmer was selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) this year. Her proposal on HIV education in Chile earned her a spot at the global conference launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007, which brings together students from more than 300 universities to develop innovative student-led solutions to critical global issues.

"I want to be part of the Clinton Global Initiative University because I think it provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to follow through on a commitment that they are passionate about," says Farmer.

In this first year of Northwestern’s collaboration with CGI U, 12 Northwestern teams or individuals were selected for the summit of young leaders. The 1,100 students accepted to CGI U this year will meet at the University of Miami from March 6 to 8, where they will network with world leaders, topic experts and peers. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host.

Farmer’s proposal addresses the HIV crisis in Chile, where 51,000 people are living with HIV out of a population of 17 million. A global health advocate, Farmer is majoring in social policy.

Despite access to antiretroviral treatment, made free by the government, there is low adherence to the treatment regimen,” Farmer says. Her proposal is for workshops in AIDS prevention, HIV prevention and HIV support in Santiago.

"I decided to submit a proposal on HIV treatment in Chile based on the research project I helped to conduct while studying abroad in Santiago. While there, I conducted a case study with two other students on the difficulties of the HIV treatment process in Chile. To carry out my project, I have maintained contact with the individual who we conducted the case study on as well as the graduate students at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile whom I worked with while studying abroad," Farmer notes.

Farmer is one of 12 teams and individuals chosen for the 2015 summit. A total of 34 Northwestern students applied, including nine interdisciplinary teams of two to three students and 10 individuals.

The summit’s five focus areas are education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.

Farmer has been civically engaged in many ways throughout her college years. She co-founded UNICEF at Northwestern, and she has also served as a coordinator and educator for the Jumpstart early education initiative, a volunteer at a nursing home and a research assistant at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Photo: Arianna Farmer (third from right) at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/13/16