Isha Khanna: A Brand Ambassador

Isha Khanna, a junior double majoring in marketing and psychology, serves as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Gephardt Institute. A veteran of the institute since her sophomore year, Isha is on the communications team, working to build awareness of institute initiatives through a variety of social media platforms, e-newsletters, and print materials. “The […]

Full-Time Position Opening: Student Engagement & Service Manager

Join the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement team as our Student Engagement and Service Manager, cultivating student leadership and learning through community service opportunities that foster thriving communities and a life-long ethic of civic engagement. This full-time staff position will oversee volunteer and leadership programs that partner with K-12 schools, youth-serving organizations, and other […]

Tutoring the Tutors: Growth of Each One Teach One

Since its launch in 2000, the Each One Teach One (EOTO) tutoring program has become an integral part of the WashU community. Each One Teach One provides WashU students with a high-quality tutoring experience while offering St. Louis students mentors throughout their K-12 years. The program partners with KIPP: Victory Academy, the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, […]

Community Partner Spotlight: Erise Williams

The Goldman Fellows Program, funded by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, supports undergraduates who secure unpaid summer internships at nonprofit, community, or governmental organizations in the St. Louis region. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend and meet regularly as a cohort, learning about St. Louis while contextualizing and reflecting on their summer experience. Jada McDonald, […]

A message from Chancellor Wrighton: Continuing support for those recovering from disaster

On September 26, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton shared ways to provide support to ongoing emergency response and relief efforts in areas impacted by recent natural disasters. His message is reprinted below.    To our Washington University community: Twice since the beginning of the school year, I have reached out to you to express concern about […]

Students “Meet St. Louis” on City-Wide Excursions

During their first week of college, new students encounter many exciting firsts. In addition to experiencing first classes and on-campus activities, many students start to explore their new city through Meet St. Louis, a program that provides a unique opportunity to discover, engage, and reflect on community development efforts and service opportunities in St. Louis. Meet St. […]

Leadership Through Service: A Foundation for Engagement

For over 20 years, Leadership Through Service (LTS) has introduced new Washington University students to St. Louis, pressing social issues, and opportunities for civic engagement during college. This annual three-day program takes place before new student orientation and includes a variety of speakers, community service projects, and St. Louis excursions. This year, 66 first-year students […]

WashU Sees Growth in Voter Registration and Voting Rates

In August, Washington University in St. Louis received exciting news about our 2016 student registration rates, voter turnout, and how we compare to similar institutions across the country. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), part of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University, compiles data on both undergraduate and […]

Apply to the Environmental Justice Initiative Steering Committee 

The Office of Sustainability is partnering with Environmental Studies to create a steering committee of faculty, staff, and students to help move the WashU community closer towards the goals of WashU’s Environmental Justice Initiative. Steering committee members are seeking additional support from motivated students who will work with faculty and staff to create action items involving around […]

Attend Environmental JustICE Cream Social

As a part of WashU’s Environmental Justice Initiative, the Office of Sustainability is hosting an ice cream social to enhance collaboration between students and foster awareness of environmental justice work on campus and in the community. The event is open to all students and will feature ice cream from Clementine’s Creamery. To RSVP to the […]

Crystal Ellis Expands Food Access through Practicum Project

Crystal Ellis is a Newman Civic Fellow and graduate student in the Brown School’s Master of Public Health program. She is currently working on a practicum project that she believes “encompasses what the public health field is about – advocacy for health equity by providing needed resources, in this case fresh produce, directly to a […]

Installation Address: Stephanie N. Kurtzman

Stephanie N. Kurtzman was installed as the Peter G. Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement on September 11, 2017. Her installation address is reprinted below. View a video of the event here. Chancellor Wrighton, Senator Danforth, Congressman Gephardt, and Mrs. Sortino: I am honored and humbled that you have entrusted me to lead […]

Bob Hansman Engages Medical Students in Heart of St. Louis

  Bob Hansman is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and a Community Engagement Faculty Fellow at the Gephardt Institute. He was recently featured on St. Louis Public Radio for his involvement in one of the School of Medicine’s most significant traditions. Every year for the […]

Looking Beyond the “Whats” to the “Hows”

Molly Brodsky, a senior and Stern Family Civic Scholar, delivered a powerful speech to first-year students and their families at convocation in August 2017. Brodsky is double majoring in anthropology: global health and the environment, and women, gender, and sexuality studies. I love semi-colons. I think the semi-colon does something pretty magical. It takes two […]

Pruitt-Igoe: A Tribute to the Lived Experience

Bob Hansman is a Gephardt Institute Community Engagement Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. As Faculty Fellow, he serves as a resident expert on the St. Louis region, providing guest lectures and tours of St. Louis as a “divided city.” In addition to teaching […]

Celebrating New Staff and Roles

We are delighted to introduce three new staff members and a new role at the Gephardt Institute. These highly talented and civic-minded leaders increase the institute’s capacity for engagement of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners to foster a robust university-wide civic culture and community impact.  Theresa Kouo started in July and serves as the Assistant […]

2017 Goldman Fellow Spotlight: Eleni Andris 

The Goldman Fellows Program, funded by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, provides undergraduate students with a distinctive cohort environment and nonprofit and public service career experience. Participants secure unpaid summer internships in the St. Louis region and receive $5,000 summer stipends to cover living expenses. Eleni Andris, a rising junior double majoring in […]

Service First Materials Find New Use in Community

Over the course of the summer, Gephardt Institute staff members have reorganized and reallocated storage spaces associated with building renovations and office moves. While inventorying materials and supplies, we identified an opportunity to “upcycle” and find a new use for items that had been in storage since the Service First program was discontinued and Meet […]

Advancing the WashU Mission through Community Engagement

Ryan Paige’ 17 reflects on her path to WashU and lessons learned on effective community engagement. Ryan graduated with a degree in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences.  As a Gephardt Institute student intern, Ryan coordinated our Each One Teach One mentoring partnership with College Bound and has also held […]

WashU Reaches 30 Percent Voter Engagement

“In 2016, the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis quadrupled its voter registrations compared to their tally in 2012… WashU takes political and civic engagement seriously all year.” Democracy Works recently featured WashU’s event-filled campaign season as an example of a successful strategy used to implement TurboVote and increase voter […]

Announcing 2017-2018 St. Louis Urban Fellows

Congratulations to Mason Herleth and Jacob Metz, the 2017-18 St. Louis Urban Fellows. The St. Louis Urban Fellows Program is a signature initiative of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement that supports recent college graduates with a passion for public service. Mason and Jacob will work full-time in St. Louis City Hall on substantive […]

Introducing the Gephardt Institute’s Summer Internship Team

In early June, the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement welcomed six summer interns to the team. Seth Coven, Jennie Greenstein, and Jocelyn Meraz are undergraduate students; Casey Knotts is a Master’s Research Fellow; and Jacob Metz and Emma Riley are recent graduates of Washington University. This group of highly talented and civic-minded individuals […]

Crystal Ellis Receives Newman Civic Fellowship

Congratulations to Crystal Ellis, recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship. Crystal is a first year graduate student at Washington University, working towards a Master of Public Health at the Brown School. She combines research, policy change, service to community, and advocacy as a multi-tiered approach to implement social change and strive for racial justice. Currently, […]

In the News: Gephardt Institute Featured in NASPA Lead Initiative Blog Post

Stephanie Kurtzman, Peter Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute, and Cara Johnson, Assistant Director for Student Engagement and Service, recently co-authored a NASPA Lead Initiative blog post on the Gephardt Institute’s approach to service and civic learning, using our Meet St. Louis program as a case study. Read the full post here.  

In the News: Stephanie Kurtzman Named Peter G. Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute

Stephanie Kurtzman has been named the Peter G. Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Stephanie will lead our team in advancing civic engagement at Washington University, cultivating informed and actively engaged citizens who contribute to strong communities in St. Louis and around the world. Read the full announcement via The Source.

Lucy Chin Shares Passion for Bridging Across Differences

Stern Family Civic Scholar Lucy Chin ‘17 reflects on the impact of Gephardt Institute programs throughout her four years at Washington University. In addition to her participation in the Civic Scholars Program, Lucy has led a service trip to Memphis and has interned with the institute to coordinate Meet St. Louis and Hawthorn InvestiGirls. The Gephardt Institute for Civic and […]

Students Reflect on Urban Immersion Experiences in St. Louis

Over spring break, fourteen Washington University students chose to stay in the St. Louis area and participate in Urban Immersion, an intensive five-day service trip exploring poverty, socioeconomic disparity, community relationships, neighborhood culture, and St. Louis history. In collaboration with Gephardt Institute staff and community partners, participants engaged in one of two trip options; one […]

Announcing 2017 Goldman Fellows

Congratulations to the 2017 Goldman Fellows! The Goldman Fellows Program, funded by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, is a competitive fellowship providing undergraduate students with a $5,000 summer stipend for a community-based internship in St. Louis, a distinctive cohort experience, and exposure to St. Louis culture, neighborhoods, and issues. Fellows will spend the […]

K-12 Ambassador Spotlight: Aysswarya Manoharan


K-12 Connections is a partnership of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Institute for School Partnership, and the Office of Government and Community Relations. It connects the Washington University community with volunteer opportunities involving high-needs urban school districts in the St. Louis area, primarily through classroom field trips to campus for enrichment experiences and exposure to college […]

Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award – 2017 Honorees

On April 19, over 150 colleagues, friends, and loved ones came together to celebrate five members of the Washington University community for their commitment to service and giving in the St. Louis region. Honorees received the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award. The Virgils epitomize the qualities exemplified by the award and have been integral […]

IMPACT Conference Inspires at WashU

Communities across the nation are facing pressing challenges. Now, more than ever, it is important to embolden students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to positive change. Many are seeking to better understand the deep divisions impacting the country and movements to address equity and justice. Over 600 student leaders, higher education representatives, and nonprofit professionals […]

Civic Scholar Highlights the Power of the Moment

2017 Civic Scholar Yaala Muller reflects on what she has learned over the past four years at WashU, and the Gephardt Institute’s role in that process. As I reflect on my experience at Washington University and with the Gephardt Institute, a question continues to buzz around in my head: the question of what gives me […]

What’s at Stake in the St. Louis City Election?

For the first time in 16 years, St. Louis City voters will not see Francis Slay’s name on the ballot for the mayoral election. Mayor Slay’s announcement in April 2016 that he would not seek reelection has opened the door for a hotly debated election process. In the wake of primary elections on March 7, the mayoral […]

Goldman Fellow Reflects on Lasting Impact of Program

As a 2016 Goldman Fellow, Nicola Salzman had the opportunity to work with the St. Louis Public School District (SLPS) while engaging with other undergraduate students and exploring the St. Louis region. The Goldman Fellows Program, funded by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, provides undergraduate students with a distinctive cohort environment and non-profit and public service career […]

WashU Named a Voter Friendly Campus

voter registration volunteers

Washington University in St. Louis has been nationally recognized as a Voter Friendly Campus. Following a competitive application process, 83 universities received the designation, which recognizes campuses doing excellent work to empower their students to participate in the democratic process. The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is responsible for overseeing the voter registration, compliance, and engagement processes for students […]

In the News: Gephardt Institute Hosts Panel on St. Louis Mayoral Election

A recent story by Student Life covered the “What’s at Stake in the St. Louis City Election” event co-hosted by the Gephardt Institute and the Clark-Fox Policy Institute held on February 24, 2017. Local political and business leaders came together to talk about key issues and opportunities that the new mayor will face in the next […]

Rise Up: Civic Scholar Alumnus Focuses on a More Equitable St. Louis

2016 Civic Scholar Carrick Reddin shares his reflections on the role of mentorship and community while at WashU and now as a citizen of St. Louis.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”                               […]

Beijing Forum Inspires Cross-Cultural Reflections on University Social Responsibility

Civic Scholar Laken Sylvander ‘17 joined research manager Matthew Bakko to represent Washington University in Beijing at the University Social Responsibility Network Summit and the Beijing Forum. When I was informed I was selected to serve as the WashU student representative to travel to Beijing and present at the University Social Responsibility Network Summit, I […]

Empowering Students to Vote

Cassie Klosterman served as the Gephardt Institute’s first Voter Engagement Fellow. Beginning her role in her final semester at WashU, Cassie led campus voter registration efforts through the November election. Cassie mobilized a team of students to register over 3,600 new voters on campus. Here she reflects on her experiences before embarking on a new journey […]

New Faculty Fellow Molly Metzger Focuses on Issues Critical to St. Louis

If you ask Molly Metzger why she is so passionate about improving racial equity in housing and economic development, she says “The inequality we have created through decades of public policy is simply unacceptable. We need justice for practices like redlining, restrictive covenants, and other forms of institutionalized discrimination.” Dr. Metzger began her journey as […]