Sept. 26-30, 2022

The Gephardt Institute is thrilled to announce Civic Action Week (CAW), a weeklong initiative to highlight civic engagement opportunities throughout Washington University—in relationship with local community, campus partners, and beyond. All week across campus, different faculty, staff, and community partners will host events and other opportunities to engage. 

Why Civic Action Week? 

The Gephardt Institute’s mission is to foster a thriving culture of civic engagement throughout Washington University, realized by engaged citizens, scholarship, and partnerships that advance the collective good. We achieve this through broad strategies of educating students, catalyzing partnerships, and infusing civic engagement throughout the WashU community. Much of our work is helping to provide the resources and infrastructure to help students, faculty, staff, and community partners to achieve their civic and community engagement goals.  

We see Civic Action Week as a tool to help us continue this mission, creating infrastructure to give visibility to the work already happening, build connections for future work, and uplift opportunities for people to engage.  

Our strategic plan further outlines the direction and vision of the Gephardt Institute. 

Have an idea for the week? 

We are accepting proposals through Aug. 10, 2022. To learn more about what we are looking for and to submit a proposal, click here

Sample Ideas 

  • Create a public art display 
  • Organize a service project in the local community 
  • Host a panel on an issue that is important to you or your group/department 
  • Offer a movie screening and discussion to campus 
  • Participate in the Civic Life Video project 
  • Organize a voter registration table at an event 
  • Host a speaker on an important civic topic  
  • Table at our Civic and Community Engagement Fair happening on Friday, Sept. 30 

Confirmed Events

  • Thursday, Sept. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Voter Registration + Graduate Student Happy Hour   
    • Stop by to check your voter registration status, get information about the upcoming midterm elections, and meet other graduate and professional students interested in civic engagement! All graduate and professional students are welcome to attend, regardless of your ability to vote in US elections. 
    • Co-hosted by Graduate Professional Council, Graduate Impact Forum, Grad Students Vote
    • Location: Gephardt Institute, Stix House, 6470 Forsyth Blvd. across from the DUC
    • Please register in advance! 
  • Friday, Sept. 30, 5-7 p.m.: Civic & Community Engagement Fair
    • Learn about student social action groups and volunteer opportunities on campus and in the St. Louis community.  
    • Hosted by the Gephardt Institute 
    • Location: Clocktower Plaza on the South 40

How else can I get involved? 

There are so many other ways you can support the week even if you don’t have capacity or resources to host an activity. If you are interested in volunteering during the week, you can contact the Gephardt Institute at gephardtinstitute@wustl.edu. Volunteer activities pre-Civic Action Week might include posting flyers, organizing supplies, or supporting other important details.  

Before Civic Action Week, we need support in getting the word out about activities! If you are part of a student group, organize attendance at one of the events. In class, you can ask to make an announcement, or if you’re a professor, encourage students to participate. Additionally, you can support by sharing on social media and filling out a Civic Action Card during the week with your commitment. 

Civic Action Week Committee 

Many thanks to the continued work of our Civic Action Week Committee. Members include: 

  • Robert Burch ’25, Partnership Chair for WashU Votes 
  • Sophia Dutton ’23, President of Heart for the Unhoused 
  • Konnie Henning, Senior Program Manager, Associate Director of Advising for the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) 
  • Louis Jones, Voter Engagement Coordinator for the Gephardt Institute
  • Bethany Copeland, Engage Democracy Fellow for the Gephardt Institute
  • Nina Lukow, Graduate Impact Forum Advisory Board Member 
  • Julia Rabin, Graduate Evaluation, Assessment, and Research Fellow at the Gephardt Institute
  • Sonia Sequeira, Associate Director of Community Engagement for the Gephardt Institute
  • Fatima Delgado Taboada, Residential Community Director for Residential Life
  • Andy Wiegert, Director of Graduate Student Affairs 

 

A special thanks to our sponsor, the Women’s Society of Washington University, for their financial support of this new endeavor.