American University of Beirut

Center for Civic Engageme​nt and Community Services (CCECS)

Director: Shibli, Rabih
Administrative Assistant:Bou Fadel, Mireille​​
Staff and Research Assistants:
Abou Farraj​​, Lina; Fleihan, Hala; Chahine, Karen; Hajaig, Rabih; Kouzi, Sarah; Bou Matar, Sarah Ziadeh, Raghda; Dabbous, Lin; Clara, Kossaifi; Massalkhi, Fatima; Youssef Hani


Positioning AUB as a civic convener and responder to societal conflicts and challenges while realizing the potential of university students as change makers in local and global contexts.


Leveraging operational research, campus community, and socially responsive partnerships to tackle pressing societal challenges. This is reflected in three cross-cutting tenets:

  1. Community Action Program (CAP)
  2. Engages students in a four-pillar sequenced journey the begins with extensive volunteering leading to an internship in a community serving organization and culminates with the implementation of community service projects (CSPs). Throughout the process, CCECS provides workshops tailored to enable students to achieve CAP milestones.

  3. General Education through Civic Engagement
  4. During their academic journey, AUB students will fulfill a three-credit Community Engaged Learning (CEL) GE requirement through one of two options: (1) Faculty-led CEL Course or (2) CCECS-led CEL Hybrid. Both models will apply a theoretical component and academically relevant field work.

  5. Refugees’ Track
  6. Pilots high impact and multi-year interventions aimed at reinforcing the resilience of refugee and vulnerable groups enduring a protracted stay. This model adopts an integrative approach that includes quality education, livelihoods and transferable-skills development, and psychosocial support programs.

    AUB’s civic engagement through CCECS has earned international recognition. AUB has been designated as the “most civically engaged campus” in the Middle East and North Africa, won the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, the MIT Enterprise Forum ‘Innovate for Refugees’ Award, as well as the Fritz Redlich Human Rights Award from Harvard University.


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