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.

St. Louis Community Bus Tours

Join WashU professor Bob Hansman for a tour on the complexities of St. Louis,  exploring the racial, socio-cultural, and political context of both the city and county. Tours are typically 3 hours in length. 


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. 


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.

Transportation Fund

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