Community Bus Tours impact participates in different ways. This page aims to provide resources to prepare for your tour, to process your experience, and to think about the right next steps for you.

Pre-Tour Preparation

What to Expect?

Community Bus Tours take participants through St. Louis neighborhoods to explore the racial, sociocultural, and political context of St. Louis city and county, tracing its history and emphasizing how the city formed and has evolved.

Tours are typically 3 hours. During the tour, participants will get on and off the bus and may walk on unpaved, uneven ground. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Also note that there is no restroom on the bus and the tour will not be stopping for restrooms, lunch or food. Feel free to bring water and snacks.

The information presented during the tour is eye-opening and challenging. This tour is what you make it. We encourage you to fully engage with the images, the stories, and the questions.

As you grapple with what you’ve learned, remember that the Gephardt Institute can offer support and resources for you to process, discuss, and reflect after the tour. We offer drop-in hours every Tuesday, 3-5 pm. We are happy to schedule an appointment with you outside of drop-in hours, as well.

What to Wear and Bring?

Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes (that may get a little dirty)

Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing (layers are encouraged)

A water bottle

Snacks if you would like

A pen and paper are optional

An open mind and an open heart

Where to Meet?

To begin the tour, please meet Bob at the commercial vehicle pick-up stop, located outside of the Campus Bookstore in Mallinckrodt Hall and across Wallace Drive from the Metro bus terminal. See the map below for tour parking and pickup/drop off details.

Parking Options:

  • During the weekday:
    • Visitor parking is available in any of the campus garages. It is recommended that you park in the Danforth University Center Garage, located on Wallace Drive just west of the bus pick up and drop off location – to reach the garage, enter at Forsyth Blvd. & Wallace Drive
    • Yellow or red permit parking is available in the parking lots at Simon Hall if you have a permit.
  • On the weekends: parking is available in the yellow-zones across campus for free.

 Post-Tour Engagement

It is important to reflect upon the material presented during the tour. When revisiting your experience, you are encouraged to think about:

  • What questions do you have?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • How do you relate to what you’ve learned?
  • What reactions and feelings do you have?
  • What support do you need?
  • What other things are coming to mind?

The Gephardt Institute can help you continue to process your experience, individually or as a group, whether you are looking for materials to learn more, have questions or ideas to discuss, need support to engage or take action, or would like to process in another way.

Stop by our drop-in hours from 3 to 5 pm on Tuesdays. If you are not available during these times, please contact gephardtinstitute@wustl.edu or 314-935-5599 with your interests. A professional staff member will reach out to schedule an appointment.

Contact Us

The Gephardt Institute is located on the first floor of the Danforth University Center (DUC), in suite 150. The office is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with drop-in hours every Tuesday, 3-5 pm. Please contact Sarah Scribner with any questions.

The Gephardt Institute can help you continue to process your experience, individually or as a group, whether you are looking for materials to learn more, have questions or ideas to discuss, need support to engage or take action, or would like to process in another way.