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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Stay Engaged While Practicing Social Distancing!

In the era of COVID-19, it’s as important as ever that we consider our responsibilities to each other and to our communities, both local and global. In lieu of our usual weekly newsletter outlining in-person opportunities for civic and community engagement, we published a special edition that focuses on ways to support one another and […]

Ying Ma on Why the Census Matters

Ying Ma is an international Master of Social Work student at Washington University’s Brown School with a concentration in Older Adults and Aging Societies. Currently, she is completing a practicum with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, where her work revolves around the 2020 U.S. Census. Before starting at Washington University, Ying was […]