At the Initiative we play a catalyst role. We listen to our neighbors, mainly through continuous, mostly informal meetings; identify intersections between their concerns and university expertise; conceptualize research and outreach activities, and raise funds.
Once we plant the seed, we become facilitators by forming multidisciplinary teams; coordinating and managing activities; offering logistical support; and facilitating implementation.
Continuously, we are advocates of the neighborhood. We facilitate contact with the public sector and decision makers; promote the neighborhood in high-level policy discussions; encourage AUB community to get involved in serving the neighborhood; bring neighbors’ concerns, and possible solutions, to the attention of policymakers.
Topics of Interest
Since its formation, the Initiative has been engaged in a range of research and outreach projects and activities that focus on the following thematic areas: