Philanthropy Lab Course Funds Five Local Nonprofits 

From what I understand, this course was commendable in the way it encouraged students to view philanthropy through an anti-racist, justice-focused lens. Students learned best practices for supporting both direct services and systemic change, for supporting general operating rather than niche ‘feel-good’ projects, and for developing a collaborative relationship with funded organizations. These practices could […]

Apply to be an Engage STL Program Chair

The Program Chair (formerly Community Assistant) supports the Bear Beginnings orientation program through fostering community during the Immersive Experience (IE) program. Program Chairs for Engage STL support the development of the three day experience, assisting in logistics, planning, and implementation as well as supporting the training and managing of the Building Experience and Relationships (BEAR) leaders in the […]

Community Mural Mobilizes Support for Dunbar Elementary School

“Our community is unique, and if Dunbar closes, it would be a significant loss for all of us.” Carla Alexander, co-director, Tillie’s Corner, Inc. Dunbar Elementary School is a historic institution of St. Louis’ Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood and is currently at risk of closure due to low enrollment. The school is within walking distance to Vashon […]

Laken Sylvander Receives Fulbright Award

The following message was shared in a press release on September 26, 2019.  The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Laken Sylvander of Missouri has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to the Netherlands in Critical Studies in Art and Culture. Sylvander will […]

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 […]

Alumnus Ian Lever Discusses Corporate Citizenship at Accenture

On September 18, the Gephardt Institute welcomed Ian Lever, BSBA ’16, for a special Meet the Leader event. Launched in 2018, the Meet the Leader series features a range of local and national civic leaders who offer insights to students as they navigate into their lives as civically engaged alumni. Ian is a former Goldman […]

Volunteer for Images Of Grace Gala

Grace Hill Settlement House is looking for volunteers to help at their Images of Grace gala, celebrating 13 years of art created by Grace Hill families.  Volunteers are needed between 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm as greeters, to check guests in, and to assist with a live auction. If interested, please contact Delores Hardwick:

Dr. Laurie Punch: Preparing Others to Save Lives

Dr. Laurie Punch is a surgeon and teacher. She is a mother and neighbor. She is an advocate. “All of these things impact my community involvement and how I engage with others,” she shared. “I can’t really separate them.” Punch moved to St. Louis in early 2016 and works tirelessly as a trauma surgeon at […]

“Fake News, Propaganda, and Misinformation: Learning to Critically Evaluate Media Sources”

A recent study by Stanford University revealed that students and professors alike have trouble navigating what information is true online. Join Melissa Vetter (Biology, Psych and PNP Librarian) and Amanda Albert (Information Literacy Coordinator) for a workshop on how to distinguish “fake news”; this event is open to students, faculty and community partners/members and it […]

WashU Student Voting Rate Spikes in Midterm Elections

Voter turnout among Washington University in St. Louis students leaped to 41.8% in the 2018 midterm elections, more than double the 2014 midterm voting rate of 15.9%, according to a national study of campus voting rates by Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. The study is based on the voting records of more than […]

Building Community Across Difference through the Arts

It was a warm September evening backlit by pink, blue, and gray. As the sun began to set, hundreds gathered at the corner of Page and Ferguson Avenues to watch “Love at the River’s Edge,” a new play adapted from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” to include the stories of the North St. Louis County […]

Faculty and Librarians Participate in New Information Literacy Learning Community

Why is Wikipedia unreliable? What do you mean by “This source is biased?” How do I know if this data is skewed? Can’t I just Google it? Seema Dahlheimer regularly encounters these sorts of questions in her Technical Writing course. Seema is the Assistant Director of the Engineering Communication Center and a Senior Lecturer in […]

Attend Annika Rodriguez 20th Anniversary Mural Unveiling

The Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program is hosting a public event to unveil a new campus mural created to commemorate the program’s 20th anniversary. The mural is meant to speak to diversity in all forms at WashU. Join us to celebrate and increase the visibility of a unique piece of campus art. The unveiling will take […]

Dan Tokaji on New Developments in Election Law 

Join Dan Tokaji, associate dean for faculty and the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law at Ohio State University, at noon on September 16 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom. Dan will give a lecture on “New Developments in Election Law: Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression, Money and the Uncertain Future of Democracy.” […]

Philanthropy Lab: Learning to Give

What is philanthropy? Why do people give? How do we know we are making a difference with our funding? These are just a few of the questions students will consider in Philanthropy Lab, a new sociology course offered this fall in partnership with the Gephardt Institute. Philanthropy Lab aims to give students a theoretical and […]

Public Service Fellows Building Awareness of Regional Issues

The Gephardt Institute’s Public Service Fellows program, a partnership with the Brown School, prepares social work and public health graduate students with a commitment to deepening their knowledge and skills for public service in local government. The program includes leadership training, mentorship, experiential learning opportunities, and field work. Fellows learn in a supportive cohort structure […]

Reflections on 2018 Fall Break Experience

“DC showed me how civic engagement can exist on so many different levels, from international policy down to the local community level.” –Nathaniel Bernstein, Stern Family Civic Scholar, Class of 2019 “I view my semester in two distinct parts: before DC, and after DC. This was a very enlightening experience for me. It challenged the way […]

Adopt a Grandparent Fosters Intergenerational Connections

Molly Davis, Marketing & Communications Coordinator and Civic Scholar, Class of 2020, loves spending time with her grandmother when she is home in Lexington, Tennessee. Molly and Willie Mae watch movies and listen to music together, and they talk about everything, from the most mundane to the most profound topics. Willie Mae shares stories from […]

Alumnus Josh Yudkin Reflects on a Life Calling Inspired by Stern Social Change Grant

Josh Yudkin (left), AB ’11, has always felt empowered by being a part of something greater than himself. “It was the sense of community and contagious collaboration that drew me to WashU,” he says, reflecting on his decision to come to the university. Within a short amount of time, he grew inspired to give back […]