Welcome to the Gephardt Institute
for Civic and Community Engagement
We foster a vibrant culture of civic engagement throughout Washington University with a vision of civic health in St. Louis and around the world.
Civic Action Week
The Gephardt Institute is thrilled to announce Civic Action Week (CAW), a weeklong initiative to highlight civic engagement opportunities throughout Washington University.
The Gephardt Institute Strategic Plan
Democracy Youth Film Challenge
Make a short civic film for your chance to win cash prizes and a campus screening!
What We Do
The Gephardt Institute works with students, faculty, and staff across all seven academic schools—at both the graduate and undergraduate levels—to ensure robust and high-quality civic engagement opportunities on campus and in St. Louis.
We work closely with community organizations in the St. Louis region to facilitate effective partnerships with WashU departments and organizations to address community needs and priorities.
We also support alumni-led efforts to foster a lifetime of
Educating Students for Lifelong Engaged Citizenship
We inspire WashU students to actively engage in addressing social challenges. This arc of engagement begins with the first-year experience and continues beyond graduation.
Cultivating Campus and Community Partnerships
We catalyze campus and community partnerships that respond to community needs and priorities. We focus on trust, collaboration, and shared goals.
Engagement Throughout WashU
We advance WashU’s mission by supporting civic learning, leadership, and impact that reaches students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and supporters.
St. Louis is a vibrant region with many stories and places to explore. This online guide to being an engaged member of the St. Louis community is just a starting place for your civic learning and journey at Washington University.
Gephardt Institute News and Events
Imagine The Future With Us
The Gephardt Institute is creating pathways for WashU students
to become lifelong engaged citizens. The urgent challenges today
require the focus, resolve, participation, and leadership of current
and future generations.
With your support, we will ensure that
WashU graduates embrace their opportunity to help make our
nation a more perfect union for all.