Civic and community engagement touches the entire campus community. Community-based resources for faculty include university-wide initiatives, funding for civic engagement projects, partnership development, and technical assistance. A special emphasis is placed on our support of  community-engaged teaching and scholarship across all schools and evaluation of community-engaged teaching and other outreach efforts.

 Professor Brian Carpenter shares why a community-based approach deepens his work:

Faculty Impact and Excellence

We support faculty impact and excellence in many ways:

  • Civic Engagement Fund: Capacity-building grants up to $5,000 to support community-engaged courses and St. Louis-based initiatives
  • Course-based support and trainings: Educational sessions and individual consultation on curriculum, community partnership, project development, assessment, and other topics
  • Faculty Fellows: Community engagement consultation and support from experienced faculty
  • St. Louis Community Tours: Excursions that uncover the racial, sociocultural, and political context of St. Louis city and county
  • Voter Engagement: Funds and tools to engage students in election-related dialogue and experiences

More Ways to Get Involved

The Gephardt Institute offers several opportunities for faculty to contribute their time and talent:

  • STL Volunteer: We partner with the United Way of Greater St. Louis to bring you current service opportunities with non-profit, community, and government agencies in the St. Louis community. Opportunities include some that are family-friendly and cover the bi-state area.
  • Department Service Projects: If you would like to organize a service or philanthropy project for your office or department, our staff is available to help you develop your plans and identify local community partners.
  • Blood Drives: Donate blood or volunteer at four university-wide blood drives, featuring numerous locations across the university. It’s easy to sign up online, and every blood donation saves up to three lives.

For questions and other information, Matthew Bakko