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ExploreDC participants 2019

Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement and 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 and 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.

For the 10th year in a row, American University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for excellence in service and commitment to social justice.

Click on the links below to learn more about our programs.

MLK Visionary Award

Nomination are now open for the 2020 MLK Visionary Award. To nominate an outstanding member of American University's alumni group, please complete the nomination application by Monday, November 25th. 

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Turning Passion into Projects

The Eagle Endowment has been named the winner of the 2019 Campus Compact Excellence in Service Student Group Award. The award will be presented at this year's Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference (SLCE).

EE is recognized for a "commitment to service projects that extend beyond any co-curriculur requirements or course-based service-learning."

Learn more about Eagle Endowment

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 about CBLR.

About CBLR

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