This Civic Moment:
COVID-19 Response and Resources

Letter to Our Students:
Fall Planning: We’re Here When You’re Ready

Voter Engagement: Information and Resources

Welcome to the Gephardt Institute

We foster a vibrant culture of civic engagement throughout Washington University with a vision of civic health in St. Louis and around the world.

About the Institute

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. 

Infusing Civic 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.

Ready to Get Involved?


Former Congressman Gephardt part of panel on election integrity

The article below was written by By Diane Toroian Keaggy  and published in The Source on October 21, 2020. Former Congressman Richard Gephardt does not know who will win the 2020 presidential election. Nor does he know when the race will be called. But Gephardt does believe the election will be safe, secure and fair. “People […]

Goldman Fellows Program Pivots During COVID-19

Back in March, it was hard to imagine what the summer might hold. Indeed, the decision to move forward with the Goldman Fellows Program this year was fraught with concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting our students and St. Louis community organizations. Ultimately, moving forward with the program in a remote format proved to be […]