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.

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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.

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Civil Rights, Community Justice, & Mediation Clinic – St. Louis Mediation Project

Karen Tokarz is the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy and Director of the Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic at WashU’s School of Law. Professor Tokarz received a Course Development Grant through the Gephardt Institute’s Civic Engagement Fund to further develop, evaluate, and operate the St. Louis Mediation Project, a core […]

Community Service Roundtable Connects Student Leaders to Problem-Solve Together

One of the central, guiding goals of the Gephardt Institute is to "infuse civic engagement throughout the Washington University experience." Lifelong civic engagement is a process that happens as students progress through their education, and the institute seeks to provide support at each juncture in students' civic development. In addition to offering a broad introduction […]