Twenty-four UAE-based organizations were recognized by NYUAD this week at the University's Outreach Recognition Ceremony, which was held to thank them for supporting NYUAD in its inaugural year and providing a range of opportunities to the Class of 2014.
Kicked off by NYUAD Vice Chancellor Al Bloom, who spoke about the University's commitment to being a part of the Abu Dhabi community in his opening remarks, the event also recognized the students who have taken part in a host of community activities during their first year.
And it's been a busy year. In just the past eight months, 40 volunteer and outreach activities took place, offered by local organizations including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Operation Smile, the Ability Center for Special Needs, Volunteer in Abu Dhabi, and the Takatof/Emirates Foundation. In addition, neighboring universities such as Zayed University, Khalifa University, and UAE University opened their doors to the enthusiastic Class of 2014, of which 108 students (out of 148) chose to get involved during the fall semester alone.
Being engaged in the UAE community in a meaningful way, whether as volunteers or participants, has given our students the chance to contribute their time, energy, and talents to organizations with shared interests.
During the event, the students were also applauded for their hard work and contributions. Two in particular were singled out for exemplary service: Nicole Lopez Del Carril and Jorge Zarate Rodriguez, who were the most active volunteers during the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Additionally, each organization was individually recognized by one of its NYUAD student volunteers, who thanked the representatives for providing opportunities for exploration, leadership, and mentorship. As NYUAD Director of Community Outreach Renee Dugan said, "Being engaged in the UAE community in a meaningful way, whether as volunteers or participants, has given our students the chance to contribute their time, energy, and talents to organizations with shared interests. It has also allowed them to meet new people and feel a part of the larger UAE community."
And being a part of the community is an important element of NYUAD's program. "The University reiterated its desire to expand the work being done with each organization," Dugan said. "And to explore even more ways for the NYUAD community to give back to Abu Dhabi and the UAE."