Dan Chai, ’20, Uses Opportunity Fund to Support Immigrant Students, Build Relationships

The Community Engagement Opportunity Fund, which is in its inaugural year, supports students with high financial need who face burdensome expenses associated with their participation in community service, civic engagement initiatives, and Community Engaged Courses in the St. Louis area. This fund seeks to enable students to participate in a variety of civic engagement activities, […]

Engage STL Launches First-Year Students on Path to Civic Engagement

With the redesign of the Bear Beginnings new student orientation program, incoming first-year students have a new opportunity to get to know St. Louis and build community around shared interests through three-day Immersive Experiences. Under the new model, all first-year students will be required to participate in an Immersive Experience within the 9-day Bear Beginnings […]

Introducing the 2019 Arts as Civic Engagement Residents

Rooted in the deep traditions of the arts as a powerful means for social change, Arts as Civic Engagement is a platform for students to immerse in arts-based community engagement. In its second year, the program will support three students in a Civic and Community Arts Residency at regional arts organizations. Participants receive a $5,000 […]

2019 Ethic of Service Award Ceremony Honors Exceptional Community Members

The 16th annual Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award was presented to an outstanding group of honorees at a special ceremony last month, celebrating the passionate dedication of these individuals to serving the Washington University and St. Louis communities. This year’s ceremony saw a record number of attendees, with nearly 200 guests gathering […]

Recognizing Class of 2019 Civic Scholars

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is proud to recognize the service and dedication of the graduating class of 2019. Civic Scholars and Ethic of Service Award recipients have received recognition on platforms across campus for the ways that they have contributed to the community and continue to show their commitment to service […]

Volunteer at Make Tracks through the Zoo Run/Walk

Join the Saint Louis Zoo and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for the 34th annual Make Tracks Through the Zoo. This course through Forest Park and the Zoo takes runners and walkers past some of the Zoo’s most scenic features. Volunteer assignments include water stations, course traffic, pathway guides, and more. The event will be held […]

Volunteer for the National MS Society’s Challenge Walk

The National MS Society – Gateway Area is hosting their annual Challenge Walk MS fundraiser that supports the search for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Challenge Walk is a weekend long event on June 1 and 2 where participants walk a 50k. Volunteers are needed to staff the rest stops on route through the St. […]

Participate in United Way’s Community Needs Survey

United Way of Greater St. Louis is conducting a Community Needs Survey to understand how the St. Louis region can be a better place to live, work and play. Share your vision for our community through this survey, and please share with staff, family, friends, clients, neighbors and community partners. All answers are anonymous, and the […]

Apply for a Scholarship to Attend Leadership and the American Presidency Program

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is excited to announce that through a partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI), RRPFI is able to offer exclusive, dedicated scholarships to students from ALL IN Challenge campuses to participate in the Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) program. WashU participates in the ALL IN […]

Apply for AmeriCorps VISTA Position as Grant Resource Coordinator for the City of East St. Louis

The City of East St. Louis works to meet the changing health, welfare, and safety needs of residents through the administration of programs and services. They are seeking a passionate individual dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for residents to serve as a full-time Grant Resource Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. This […]

Serve as a Hospice Companion Volunteer with Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice has an ongoing opportunity for Companion Volunteers to spend time with hospice patients. Hope Hospice has patients all over the St. Louis area. Volunteers reduce isolation and brighten the lives of hospice patients. Common activities with patients include playing games, storytelling, watching TV, holding hands, and reading out loud. Training is provided. This […]

Each One Teach One Panel Focuses on Supporting Undocumented Students

The Gephardt Institute’s Each One Teach One program recently held an enrichment event on a crucial topic facing educators and administrators across the country: the educational rights of undocumented students and families and the barriers they may face in school. The panel attracted over 80 attendees, among whom were students, faculty, staff, and community members. […]

Introducing the Class of 2021 Civic Scholars

We are pleased to introduce the class of 2021 Civic Scholars cohort, who will enter the program this fall. The Civic Scholars Program provides a rigorous, in-depth curriculum for undergraduate students who exemplify strong potential for civic leadership. Sophomores are selected in a competitive merit-based process and learn together through their junior and senior years […]

“Why Do You Give?” Donors on the Importance of Blood Drives

The final University-Wide Blood Drive of the semester was held on April 3. Students, staff, and faculty came out in droves to support this important cause. Sponsored in partnership with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and the American Red Cross, blood drives are a campus tradition that brings the community together in support of […]

Community and University Engagement Summit Deepens Dialogue, Strengthens Partnerships

On March 1, community members and stakeholders gathered for the Building Vibrant Partnerships: Community and University Engagement Summit. Energy was high as participants arrived early and began talking, laughing, and connecting with one another. By the time the event began, the room was filled with well over 180 people who shared the goal of exploring […]

Apply for the Leadership in Urban Agriculture Internship

Urban Harvest STL’s Leadership in Urban Agriculture intern program focuses on growing leadership skills and empowering individuals to engage in community development with an emphasis on urban farming. Interns will learn a variety of farming skills, participate in daily operations, and have the opportunity to participate in field trips and volunteer with our nonprofit partners. […]

Attend Pitch Partners Event on Aging

Join the Institute for Public Health for their bi-annual Pitch Partners event on Thursday, April 25, 4:30-6:30pm at the CIC@CET. This event will focus on Community-Academic Partnerships Aimed at Aging-Relevant Research. Providing older adults with the best health care calls for innovative approaches in which citizens, community organizations, health care organizations, and universities work together […]

Volunteer at the Girls on the Run St. Louis Spring 5K

The Girls on the Run St. Louis 5K is the largest 5K in Missouri, hosting thousands of participants to celebrate the culmination of our program’s season. For 10 weeks, over 6,000 girls and coaches have been training for this large goal, and on May 11, they will use their inherent skills, motivation, and drive to […]

Participate in 4theVille + STL Style T-shirt Design Competition

4theVille and STL Style are excited to announce a T-Shirt Design Competition! Over the past two years, 4theVille has grown as a community-based organization working to preserve, uplift, and celebrate the history of The Ville neighborhood. In support of future community building efforts, they are launching a merchandise line this summer. The winner of the […]

Apply for Marketing Internship for Girls in the Know

The mission of Girls in the Know, a non-profit founded in St. Louis, is to educate and empower girls, together with those who love them, by providing tools to establish a strong sense of self. GITK hosts speaker series and special events for pre-teen girls, ages 9-12, throughout the St. Louis area. They are seeking […]

Submit a Poster Abstract for Community Development Society Conference

The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for student posters relating to community development for presentation at the 2019 Community Development Society Conference, July 14-17, in Columbia, MO. Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Community Development: Coming Home to Cultivate the Future” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration. The deadline […]

Register for Philanthropy Lab Course (L40 SOC 3920)

Do you want the opportunity to grant $25,000 to nonprofit organizations through a course? Learn about the sociological and historical roots of philanthropy, as well as best practices in philanthropy. Use the theory and skills you learn to research, solicit funding proposals, vet, and select organizations to fund. Register for L40 SOC 3920! The course […]

Attend UN Climate Conference

Interested in how the United Nations is responding to climate change? Want to observe world leaders negotiate at a diplomatic forum and interact with experts on how business, science, and policy relate to climate change? Apply to join WashU’s delegation to attend a UN climate conference in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020! Previous experience in […]

Apply for Interfaith Excursion: South Asian Faith Traditions

Join the Center for Diversity & Inclusion for this semester’s second Interfaith Excursion, a half-day program exploring different faith approaches to community and social justice throughout the St. Louis region. Students of all backgrounds are invited to come with us to meet with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and St. Louis’ Hindu temple. The excursion […]

Help Program Salesforce for an Affordable Housing Non-Profit

Lutheran Development Group is a nonprofit that develops affordable housing. The organization needs help programming their Salesforce platform to track contact with residents, distribution of rental funds, and other activities. This is a great opportunity for anyone with strong computer skills. Contact Jenna Hampton at jenna.hampton@wustl.edu to apply by April 19.

Volunteer as a 5K Volunteer with Let Me Run – St. Louis

Give back to St. Louis area youth and enjoy a ball game on us! Let Me Run inspires 4th-8th grade boys through running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle. At the end of the Spring season, the boys, coaches, and the St. Louis community […]

Apply for McNair Summer Research Internship Program

The McNair Scholars Program at SLU (SLU McNair) is accepting applications from current sophomores and juniors for its 2019 Summer Research Internship Program. Eligible first-generation, Pell-eligible and underrepresented students attending Washington University are welcome to apply. The program, which will run from June 3 – July 26, will enable students to conduct an original research […]

Intersections of Social Justice Online Learning Opportunity

Intersections of Social Justice, taught and created by the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University, is a global fieldwork credit-bearing opportunity for undergraduates to apply social justice theories to real world issues with community-based organizations. The reflection and coursework attempts to wrap-around students’ lived experiences as interns, volunteers, or in work placements and be […]

Join the STL PrideCenter Helpline as a Volunteer

Interested in improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ folks in St. Louis by connecting them to identity-affirming resources? Join the PrideCenter Helpline as a volunteer! Free training, meals, and metro passes will be provided over the summer. Volunteers gain valuable helpline work experience, peer counseling skills, and crisis intervention techniques. You also join a supportive, empowering […]

Apply for Summer Internship at CDF Freedom Schools Programs

Deaconess Foundation will sponsor a network of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools programs for children in grades K-5 in the St. Louis region. The seven-week program provides summer enrichment around five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutritional, physical, and mental health. Enrichment […]

Volunteer at WUSTL Chemistry Tournament

After a successful three-year history, the Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT) will return to campus on Saturday, April 6. WUCT is a chemistry competition for high school students, created and managed by a group of undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis. It has become increasingly popular and draws over 300 students and coaches from […]

Volunteer at WE Day Community: St. Louis

WE Day is a youth empowerment event that brings passionate young people together and facilitates an educational and fun experience through musical performances and motivational speakers.  On Wednesday, April 3, WE Day Community: St. Louis will be held at the Stifel Theatre, and volunteers are needed!   There are numerous volunteer teams at WE Day, and this is a great […]

Civic Engagement Fund: Recent Grant Recipients

The Gephardt Institute’s Civic Engagement Fund supports WashU students, faculty, and staff working to strengthen the fabric of their communities. Grantees collaborate with community partners to develop initiatives and Community-Engaged Courses that catalyze positive change. The deadline for Spring 2019 applications for Grants for St. Louis Projects and Small Change Grants is Friday, March 8, and the extended deadline for Course Development Grants […]

The Gephardt Institute Welcomes New Staff Members

The Gephardt Institute is pleased to welcome Shruti Desai, Colleen Smyth, and Elizabeth Salley to the team of dedicated staff members. These three professionals demonstrate a depth of commitment to their communities and to the work of civic engagement. Shruti Desai, Ed. D., Associate Director and Chief of Staff, leads the day-to-day operations of the Gephardt […]

Civic Scholars Program Alumni Coach and Mentor Current Scholars

The Civic Scholars Program (2020 cohort pictured above) develops future civic leaders through academic study, discussion, practical application, and mentorship. The mentorship component of the program provides students meaningful connections with staff members, program supporters, and alumni. The connection between Civic Scholars and recent alumni is one the program’s leaders recognized as essential. As Civic Scholars […]

The Hate U Give: EyeSeeMe Partners with Hawthorn InvestiGirls

“What’s the point of having a voice,” Starr Carter asks, “if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” Starr is the protagonist of Angie Thomas’s stunning young adult novel, The Hate U Give. The book approaches real-world issues such as racism, police violence, injustice, and inequity from the perspective of a 16-year-old Black […]

Engage Democracy Workshops Educate and Equip Participants to Act

How does our democracy really work? How are individuals and communities affected by local policies? What can I do to stay engaged post-election season? When it comes to politics, where do I even begin? These are only a few of the major questions that Engage Democracy Workshops attempt to address. Designed to be nonpartisan, ideologically inclusive, […]

Leadership Through Service: Fostering Engagement from Pre-Orientation to Graduation

Even though her official role as the Gephardt Institute’s Leadership Through Service Coordinator ended at the beginning of the academic year, Karina Carcamo, Class of 2020, can often be found in the office, joking with professional and student staff or lending her advice and support. Leadership Through Service (LTS) weaves its way throughout Karina’s story […]

Each One Teach One and K-12 Connections Co-Host KIPP: Victory Family Day

The tutoring sessions between Each One Teach One tutors and the students of KIPP: Victory Academy are lively, and the active learning is evident in the excited conversations between tutors and students. Between Each One Teach One at KIPP and Hawthorn InvestiGirls, a tutoring and enrichment program at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, over 100 WashU […]