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Community Engagement & Service

Explore DC Service

Interested in Social Justice? Sign up for Explore DC.


Since 1990, the Freshman Service Experience (FSE) has been a tradition that celebrates the spirit of service at American University. More than 10,000 students have participated, all working to turn ideas into action and action into service for the greater Washington, D.C. community.

The Freshman Service Experience, a welcome week program opportunity open to both first-year and transfer students, is a three night, two day program built on community service, social justice, thought provoking evening activities, and an orientation to American University and Washington, D.C. During the day, student-led volunteer groups work at about 50 different nonprofit work sites throughout the city. In the evenings, participants join other groups for dinner, speakers, and social events.

2016 Social Justice Issues

This year, you will have the opportunity to select an issue area you would like to focus your service on. Issues include: 

  • Food Justice 
  • Housing Justice and Community Engagement 
  • Community Health 
  • Arts & Media for Social Change
  • Environment & Urban Sustainability 
  • Identity & Civil Rights 
  • Education & Community Building 
  • Global Human Rights, Immigration & Refugee Issues 

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We look forward to having you as a part of our community.


Questions about EXPLORE DC ?

If you have any questions, feel free to call or e-mail the coordinators / 202.885.1553

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aided in their service to the DC Community by 2015 FSE participants.

FSE Promo Videos

Watch last year's and this year's promo video for FSE!

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