Navigating Black Grief and Joy: Recent Grant Recipient Curates Art Exhibition

Precious Musa, a second year graduate student completing her MFA in poetry, received a Community Partnership Grant in May from the Gephardt Institute to curate “Listen Look: A Reconciliatory Journey Through Black Grief and Joy”, taking place on February 20th 2021 from 3-5pm CST. The multi-media art exhibition centers Black St. Louis artists grappling with […]

#MyFirstElection Social Media Campaign

This fall, the Gephardt Institute launched #MyFirstElection, a storytelling campaign that shares individuals’ experience engaging in the U.S. 2020 presidential election. Posting a series of short videos on our Facebook and Instagram social media accounts, we aimed to address any uncertainties that first-time voters may have been feeling toward the election. Featured stories shared other […]

Introducing New Gephardt Student Staff Members

This September, the Gephardt Institute welcomed four new student staff members to our team: Rose Shapiro, Lauren Ross, Louis Jones, and Jayla Butler. Over the course of the semester, they will focus on connecting students, faculty, and staff with community partners and organizations remotely, and will dedicate a significant attention toward pre and post-election efforts. […]

Colleen Watermon Joins Gephardt Institute as Director of Development

A native Saint Louisan, Colleen Watermon is thrilled to be working intimately with her community as she joins the Gephardt Institute as Director of Development. In this position, she works closely with Peter G. Sortino Director Stephanie Kurtzman and other institute staff, University Advancement, and the broader Washington University community of alumni, parents, and friends […]

Kunsang Lama Shares About Sustainability Path at WashU Engage Event

In October, alumni, students, family, and friends joined the WashU Engage Chicago Network for a sustainability panel discussion featuring Kunsang Lama, class of 2021, Phil Valko, AB ’03, Chris Wheat, AB ’03, and Kady McFadden, AB ’10. Raised in Prok Nubri, a remote village situated in the Himalayas of Nepal, Kunsang expressed how the environment […]

2019 Fall Break Immersion Trip Reflections

The St. Louis immersion trip introduced me to the city in a whole new way. By learning about both governmental forces and the nonprofit sector, I was able to gain a holistic understanding of what it means to build and participate in a thriving community. I have a clearer understanding of the historical and current […]