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Getting Involved This Year

Community is so important to student life. But how does that happen in a time of physical distancing?

Here are answers and ways to connect. We've collected the key calendars, tools and information you can use to engage with AU and each other during these extraordinary times. 

There are even leads on how to take advantage of our Washington, DC location. Whether you're in the city physically or far away, there are activities and opportunities for you here in DC.


Over 150 student groups are active this semester. Find organizations that match your interests, discover events and meet up — from wherever you are!


Performing Arts students performing by Zoom

Performing Arts can be part of your year.
Not a major? No problem. You can link up with student clubs, join performance groups or cheer them on by watching!

Find Arts Events

Diversity and Inclusion

Bring your voice to conversations that matter. There's a lot happening around social justice, including dialogues, affinity groups and workshops.

Find Diversity Programs

virtual programs

Physical fitness is more important than ever. Here's how AU can help you keep moving, even when you're stuck at home.

Find Fitness Programs


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Looking for a virtual internship, student job, or career planning? The AU Career Center and school-based career centers have options.

Find Career Events


Kay in Autumn

Kay Spiritual Life Center is offering Sunday Night ChurchChat with the Chaplain, and many activities and services with faith groups.

Find Kay Programs

Be Part of Washington, DC

DC community

Tutor and mentor youth: DC Reads is online; volunteer or tutor via Federal Work Study. 

Find a service project: Volunteer virtually or in person (no contact) at local organizations.

Create a community project: Apply for an Eagle Endowment grant or ask how to plan a project with your student group.

Explore DC: Get to know the city through this annual program (held virtually in October.)

DC Engagement


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DC is your neighborhood. Whether you're here physically or not, there's a lot to explore.

What to do Virtual and IRL Things to Do This Week are featured in the DCist - a great source on all things DC.

DC institutions: The AU Museum at the Katzen is holding virtual exhibits. The National Zoo and Smithsonian institutions have suspended their timed free-entry pass program; outdoor gardens are open.

DC Places & Events

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DC is a city of trees - and parks, creeks and trails. There are running trails and biking trails, walking tours of monuments and memorials, hikes along rivers and through US history.

You can find 112 miles of trails in Washington, DC. Want to get even closer to AU? There are 63 miles of trails just around Northwest DC. 

Don't forget your sunscreen and water! 

DC Outdoors


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What's Happening at Centers & Institutes

Many of AU's groundbreaking centers and institutes are active in the virtual space. All of these centers are providing opportunities to hear from expert speakers online this fall. Check out these calendars and event links:

More Resources A Student's Guide to 2020-2021

Virtual campus guide

Looking for something not on this page? Here are the quickest, most direct links to services and supports - the way they're accessed this semester. Find info on academics, finances, health and wellness support and more.

Check Student Guide