The Gephardt Institute was established in 2005 with a bold vision galvanized by Congressman Richard Gephardt and continually embraced by Chancellor Martin: That Washington University students are inspired and equipped to contribute to the progress and vitality of communities around the world. 

Since that time, the world has seen unprecedented challenges that reaffirm the urgent need for engaged citizens and engaged universities, poised with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to seek solutions to these challenges and improve the quality of life for all.  

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement heeds this call by fostering a vibrant culture of civic engagement throughout Washington University, realized by engaged citizens, scholarship, and partnerships that advance the collective good. 

Our Strategic Plan

Released in March 2021, the Gephardt Institute Strategic Plan details our commitment to high-quality initiatives, measurable impact, coordinated and community-driven efforts, seamless civic education, and focused attention on the greatest challenges facing St. Louis. Preview the strategic plan in the “At A Glance” version shared below, and explore our strategic plan in-depth on our website here.

Growth and Accomplishments

Learn more about our growth and accomplishments over the course of Washington University’s Leading Together campaign.