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.

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.

The Gephardt Institute Strategic Plan

Est. 2021

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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
civic engagement.

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.

There is no playbook on how to do civic and community engagement during a pandemic, but the Gephardt Institute is committed to working with you to find innovative strategies. Explore our guide for students, faculty, staff, and community members at the link below.

Gephardt Institute News and Events

St. Louis Initiative Partners with Goldman Fellows

In 2021, the Goldman Fellows Program will support its largest cohort to date. Fourteen fellows have been selected to participate in the 14th cycle of the program. The expanded capacity for the program is thanks to a successful proposal to pilot fellowships with Washington University’s St. Louis Initiative in which fellows will work with the […]


Civic Health: The degree to which a whole community involves its people and organizations in addressing its problems.

Levine, P. (2014). Defining civic engagement, democracy, civic renewal, and related terms. Link.