For past recipients of a Civic Engagement Fund grant, please see below. If you have questions about any past or current projects, or about project eligibility, please reach out to

First Civic Action Week puts Gephardt mission front and center at WashU

From Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, the Gephardt Institute was proud to introduce our inaugural Civic Action Week (CAW) in partnership with the Woman’s Society of Washington University in St. Louis. Across campus, different faculty, staff, and community partners hosted events and other opportunities to engage the WashU community as part of the Institute’s mission […]

Student Spotlight: Sophia Dutton

Sophia Dutton has quickly become an advocate for the unhoused population of St. Louis whilst being involved with and now serving as president of Heart for the Unhoused. This interest for the intersection between healthcare and helping the unhoused community was something she realized while in high school, holding an internship at Johns Hopkins hospital. […]

Honoring our 2021 Student Staff Graduates

Amidst a year of exceptional challenges, we look for moments of appreciation and celebration. We’re pleased to honor our Gephardt Institute student staff graduates and celebrate their achievements, not only professionally, but personally. From navigating a global pandemic and heightened global issues of racial injustice to adjusting to online classes and new realities, our students […]

Civic Engagement Fund: Spring 2019 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. There are four distinctive grant categories that support different kinds of community-engaged action: Course Development Grants, Grants for St. Louis […]

Kinloch Forever: Alana Flowers Uses Grant to Build Community and Educate Others

Kinloch, Missouri, a city that today carries the weight of poverty, stigma, and years of systematic injustice, was once a thriving community, producing great talent and a rich history. The city has a lot to celebrate as the state’s first African-American community and one of the largest all-Black cities in the country during its prime. […]