WashU Engage, in its third year, is an initiative co-led by the Gephardt Institute and the Washington University Alumni Association which aligns with the university’s commitment to supporting habits of lifelong learning and leadership for alumni.  This series of civic and community engagement opportunities serves local communities and encourages alumni to engage in the cities where they live and work. During the 2017-2018 academic year, we hosted 17 WashU Engage projects across the country with more than 450 attendees. Projects addressed social issues ranging from food insecurity to disaster relief.


We are continually adding new opportunities. If you would like to participate or lead a future WashU Engage project, please fill out this short form. If you are interested in other WashU events happening in your city, please visit the events calendar.

Spearheaded by John Crosby, AB ’69, and a dedicated planning committee, our Chicago chapter is expanding the current WashU Engage model by offering civic and community engagement activities throughout the year, including a retirement center “Bingo and Breakfast,” park restoration, and Common Reading Program book discussions. Learn more about our WashU Engage Chicago pilot program.

WashU Engage has hosted projects in the following cities: