WashU Engage


Fostering civic and community engagement among our campus community both in St. Louis and beyond.


WashU Engage Alumni Program

WashU Engage 2017, in its second year, aligns with the university’s commitment to supporting habits of lifelong learning and leadership for alumni and advances the Gephardt Institute’s mission of cultivating informed and actively engaged citizens. More in depth than the classic model for community service projects, this initiative will provide an opportunity for alumni to connect with one another while learning about and reflecting on a community issue together. Over 350 alumni across the country will come together to support their local communities and strengthen the ties among WashU alumni and friends. Find an event near you below.

In spring 20washuengage16 , the Gephardt Institute and Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Association  partnered to bring alumni together in cities across the United States for WashU Engage. This series of community engagement initiatives serves local communities, while providing alumni the opportunity to come together and reflect on their role in the communities where they live and work.

In the program’s inaugural year, over 200 alumni participated in nine community projects in eight cities throughout the country.

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Questions? Call (314) 935-5212 or email WashUengage@wustl.edu

WashU Engage St. Louis

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

The Gephardt Institute, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri organization, and Washington University’s Alumni Association are partnering on a new program aimed to bolster the work of the WashU Engage initiative and provide tangible outlets for alumni to address the critical need for quality mentorship across the nation, starting in the St. Louis area.

The program provides WashU alumni the distinct opportunity to develop and nurture substantive relationships that will impact St. Louis K-12 youth while enhancing connections to the campus community. Washington University provides a unique context for introducing and deepening each mentee’s exposure to college. As Stephanie N. Kurtzman, director of the Gephardt Institute, sums, “This program provides a powerful way to channel the energy and talent of area alumni toward impacting the next generation of citizens and leaders.”

The program aims to secure 25 mentor/mentee pairs this year. Prospective mentors are asked to commit to one year of service and will receive multiple forms of support from program partners.

For more information, contact Call Ericka Sanders at (314) 615-1041 or esanders@bbsemo.org.

United Way Campaign

This fall, Washington University Human Resources is partnering with the Gephardt Institute in an effort to create a more meaningful and impactful United Way Campaign , giving employees the opportunity to connect with each other and hundreds of local organizations that need our help. We know that many of you are already active within the community, using your strengths and talents to make a difference. Join together through WashU Engage during the United Way Campaign to volunteer with your team, group of colleagues or as an individual.

Visit the HR website for more details.

WashU Engage Chicago

Thousands of alumni, parents, and friends have participated in volunteer projects and discussions at senior citizen centers, city parks, and book clubs through WashU Engage, but many have asked for more opportunities to engage with their communities. Accordingly, the Gephardt Institute and the Alumni Association has chosen Chicago as its first pilot city where multiple events will be held throughout the year for these audiences to engage on civic and community affairs. WashU Engage Chicago will launch in early 2018.

Spring 2018 Opportunities


Date: January 7, 1-4:45 pm
Host: Katie McKenzie, AB ’07
Register here.

WashU Engage Kansas City

Spring 2018 Opportunities


Date: February 24, 1-3 pm
Register here.