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ExploreDC participants 2019

Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement & Service!

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As an institution, AU is committed to advancing social justice and civic responsibility, and we’re at the front lines of that effort. At the Center for Community Engagement & Service – or CCES – we lead the AU community into the world to serve. From projects around DC to trips abroad, we stand with a university dedicated to improving lives in our global community.


Martin Luther King, Jr. 2020 Visionary Award


Donald Curtis accepting MLK Visionary Award

At our January 23, 2020 event to honor Dr Martin Luther King Jr. entitled “An Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere", we awarded the 2020 MLK Visionary Award to Donald Curtis. Donald is an AU alum who has displayed outstanding civic engagement and service. Congratulations!!!

Eagle Endowment dogs on the quad event


Madison (Shea) Lamanna (left) and Saagar Gupta (right) have been named winners of two awards presented at this year’s Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference (SLCE).

Madison has been named the winner of the 2019 Graduate Student Award for Civic Engagement. She is recognized for “going above and beyond her service to community” in collaboration with community-based learning.

The Eagle Endowment represented by Saagar, has been named the winner of the 2019 Campus Compact Excellence in Service Student Group Award. EE is recognized for a "commitment to service projects that extend beyond any co-curricular requirements or course-based service-learning."

Apply for an EE Grant Today!

DC Reads tutor with student from DC Public Schools

DC Reads

Love AU? Love Service? Have Federal Work Study? Apply to become a DC Reads Tutor! Click on the link below to learn more.

Apply to DC Reads

Students working on community-based learning project

Community-Based Learning and Research

Are you interested in connecting your classroom experience to work within the community? Learn more.

Apply for CSLP

Alternative Breaks. Learn. Engage. Reflect.

Alternative Breaks

This year we are pleased to offer a dozen programs focused on a variety of social justice issues.

About Alt Breaks

Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service. Student at service project site.

Eagle Endowment

Propose a service project for an Eagle Endowment Grant today! Please click below for more information.

Propose a Project

Read Your World Day

One Day Service Events

ODSE provides members of the AU community with opportunities to connect with the diverse communities of Washington, DC.

About One Day Service Events

Student volunteers building a bench during Explore DC

Explore DC

EDC is a two-day program for incoming first-year and transfer students to explore their new home through social justice issues.

About Explore DC