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American University (AU) is a private university in Washington, DC. Founded in 1893, AU now has over 13,000 students enrolled across six schools and colleges. As "a private university with a public responsibility," AU is strongly committed to community engagement and social responsibility. American University>>

Center for Community Engagement & Service

 The Center for Community Engagement and Service at American University promotes social justice and civic engagement via community service and community-based research and learning, both locally and globally. The CCES provides support, resources, and ongoing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to become engaged in a range of issues. Due to the programs supported by the CCES, AU has made the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years. Learn more>>

DC Reads

 As adults, 36 % of DC residents function at the lowest level of literacy, functional illiteracy. The DC Reads Program is committed to meeting this challenge by providing quality tutoring for children in need. It is a joint effort between American University, its students, the DC Public Schools, and community-based organizations to support literacy in Washington, DC. D.C. Reads provides on-site, 1-2 hour tutoring sessions in public schools and community-based organizations. The goal of DC Reads is to improve the reading proficiency of all elementary students. Learn more>>

Sustainability at AU

 American University is committed to acting on its values through social responsibility, service, and an active pursuit of sustainability. AU focuses on environmental sustainability in all areas of the university’s operation, including building design, dining services, recycling and waste management, water use, and energy. For example, AU is home to DC’s largest solar electric and hot water arrays. Learn more>>

Community-Service Learning Program

 The Community-Service Learning Program (CSLP) is a community-based learning option in which students attach an additional credit to a course by combining classroom study with active civic participation. Students must complete an additional course assignment, 40 hours of relevant service work in the community, and related reflection activities. Learn more>>