We’re so glad you’re here.

St. Louis is a vibrant region with many stories and places to explore. This online guide to being an engaged member of the St. Louis community is just a starting place for your civic learning and journey at WashU.  

The Gephardt Institute’s ‘New in the Lou’ campaign invites you to explore St. Louis. Whether you’ve just arrived at your dorm room via Lambert International Airport, or you are a lifelong resident currently residing in University City, by way of Maplewood but originally from Collinsville, IL, or you’ve followed a different path to get where you are today, there is much to learn and understand about this city and region.

We invite you to explore the resources and opportunities listed below to continue your civic journey at Washington University.

The New in the Lou Guide – Fall 2021

Download This Guide: Click here to download your digital copy of New in the Lou.
For a Print Version: Stop by Stix House to pick up your copy.

Engage St. Louis

Washington University’s footprint across the city and region ensures students, faculty, and staff can engage St. Louis in ways that are accessible, educational, and inclusive.

St. Louis Immersions

Are you a second-year student? Join us for an immersive experience that expands your understanding of the region.

First-year students: be on the lookout for information about the first-year immersion later this semester.

Speaker Series

The “In the Lou” speaker series invites voices from the region to share their perspectives and create dialogue through the eyes of our community.

Join us on September 29th for our first event, “St. Louis as a Home For Refugees.”


Deepen your understanding of community engagement. The two, 2-hour sessions will be focused on developing community partnerships that are mutually beneficial, considering how social identities and systemic inequities affect community engagement, and more.

Civic and Community Engagement Fair
Friday, September 10, 2021 | 12-2 PM CDT | South 40

Students at the Civic and Community Engagement Fair in 2019

Join the Gephardt Institute, Campus Y at Washington University, and student groups that embrace civic and community engagement at this outdoor fair on Friday, September 10, 2021.

The Civic and Community Engagement Fair is an annual fall event that gathers student groups that engage in the community through service, advocacy, political activities, and more.

About Campus Y
Since 1911, the Washington University Campus Y has been creating civic leaders of consequence through programs that engage students in community involvement and social justice. Campus Y offers a variety of personal and professional development workshops to our students, as well as community-centered bonding opportunities.

Resources and Links to Learn More

Washington University is host to many pathways that connect you to the community. The Gephardt Institute is just one such connector and facilitator on campus. Here is a brief list of more institutes, centers, resources, and divisions within WashU to can deepen your engagement with the city and region.

Washington University students take a tour of downtown St. Louis as part of an immersive field trip to understand the places, culture, and history of the city.

More Ways to Get Involved

For Students

The Gephardt Institute supports student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life, all in one place. 

Ready to begin? Learn about our St. Louis Fellowships, Civic Scholars, and resources that will enable you to make an impact in the region and beyond. 

For Faculty

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

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

For Alumni

The Gephardt Institute is committed to fostering the civic engagement of alumni and parents.

Ready to begin? Explore opportunities and events, including WashU Engage, coordinated in partnership with the Washington University Alumni Association.