The Department of Community Service and Awareness (CSA), a subset of the Office of Student Affairs (SAO) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), in collaboration with the NDU Human Rights Club, launched on March 23, 2018, in the Exhibition Hall, its “8th Annual NGO Fair 2018,” held under the auspices and in the presence of His Excellency Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani.
In attendance was NDU President Fr. Pierre Najem, Vice-President for Administration (VPA) at NDU Fr. Samir Ghsoub; Vice-President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at NDU Dr. Elie Badr, Representative of Global Compact Network Lebanon Dr. Dima Jamali, faculty deans, and representatives of a number of NGOs and clubs. Dr. Elie el-Hindy hosted the event.
Dr. El-Hindy said,” Based on its devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, NDU is a pioneer in human rights.”
Dr. Jamali said, “The UN launched 17 development goals, which are at the core of our agenda.”
For his part, Fr. Najem said, “This initiative harmonizes with the University values, which is unreservedly committed to respecting and defending human rights; we firmly stand beside our students, faculty, and staff, and work hand-in-hand to achieve excellence in education.”
H.E. Hasbani said, “I have the honor to be directly involved in the sustainable development goals. If we do not achieve peace, justice, and equality, and if we do not have institutions that uphold justice and peace, then there exists no sustainable development.”
Dean of Student Affairs at NDU Joyce Menassa welcomed the attendees and thanked the Director of Public Affairs and Protocol Majed Bou Hadir for his continued support over the years.
Bou Hadir was then presented with a recognition plaque.