During his October visit to the US, Dean Mohtar met with the president and board of the Social and Economic Action for Lebanon (SEAL). SEAL is an apolitical, not-for-profit organization, established (1997) in New York City to take action to remediate the severe social and economic problems facing post-war Lebanon. SEAL uses community-driven economic development to effect lasting change in the living standards of Lebanese individuals and families.
During the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was finalized to mark the initiation of an exciting collaboration between SEAL and AUB in areas related to research, outreach, and experiential service learning projects addressing issues within the Water-Food-Health nexus. The MoU includes provisions for data collection and monitoring, and the design and evaluation of experiential service learning projects in the communities served.