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ExploreDC participants 2019

Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement & Service!

girl sticks sticky-note on world map for activity

Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society." - John Lewis

In the midst of a public health crisis, we are called to protect and serve one another. The Center for Community Engagement & Service is committed to continue its service to the American University community. Stay connected to each of our programs via email and visit each program page for updates. CCES staff is working remotely but we are available, so feel free to contact us (emails are on the Staff Page) with any questions or suggestions. Additionally we have compiled virtual, in person, and no contact service opportunities that are available both locally and nationally. 

As an institution, AU is committed to advancing social justice and civic responsibility, and we’re at the front lines of that effort. The Center for Community Engagement & Service (CCES) leads the AU community in service through local and global programming that promotes leadership and social change. 


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!!!

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