The Gephardt Institute advances faculty excellence and impact through consultation, workshops, financial support, and facilitation of partnerships for Community Engaged Courses.  

Ready to begin? Learn about our programs and resources that can amplify your work across St. Louis and beyond. 

Below, professor Brian Carpenter shares why a community-based approach deepens the impact of his work:


Community Engaged Teaching

WashU offers over 80 courses with a Community Engaged Teaching component. Read about our core principles, components of engagement, and opportunities for course-based support.

Information Literacy Learning Community

Selected faculty are matched with librarians to collaborate on the preparation or revision of a course, with the goal to better develop students’ information literacy skills.


Teaching and Learning for Social Impact: Resources for (Re)Designing Your Course

Civic Engagement Fund

The Civic Engagement Fund provides funding and support for courses and initiatives that cultivate community engagement. Opportunities range from $500 to $5,000. 

Voter Engagement

View different options for integrating election content into your courses, and join a growing network of faculty and departments that have committed to becoming academic hubs. 

This Civic Moment

Access civic engagement resources, a community engagement guide, and more.

Transportation Fund

Submit a funding request when taking students off campus for Community Engaged Courses. We will reimburse your department for transportation expenses. 


STLVolunteer is a searchable database of opportunities to connect with St. Louis nonprofit organizations. Sign up to volunteer on a one-time, short-term, or long-term basis.