Since its inception in 2008, the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) has aimed to develop a culture of service and civic leadership within the AUB community and provide opportunities for university students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to study and respond to social and civic needs. CCECS’s operations are defined by the following cross-cutting tenets, (1) Outreach and Volunteerism, (2) Community Development Projects, (3) Supporting Service-Learning, (4) Leadership and Civic Engagement for Scholarship Programs (5) Events and Conferences, (6) Syria Relief Project, and (7) Civic Engagement Camps. These components are rendered operational through the dynamic interaction among the University, socially responsible donors, and receptive local partners and carry an overarching aim to “engage in activities that enhance academic learning, civic responsibility and the skills of citizenship, while also enhancing community capacity through service” (Furco and Holland; 2004).
The profound daily challenges facing our respective local communities are mainly attributable to the ramifications of incessant disorder in the region. In an earnest effort to reconfigure the fait accompli, CCECS strives to break down the silos between academia, policy makers, and active humanitarian/relief/developmental agencies in order to augment interoperability and bring change into fragile landscape.