Alumnus Steve Frappier (MLA in ’06, concentration in American culture studies; BA in ’00, Russian and art history & archaeology) reflected on his background and developing role as citizen-activist at a Gephardt Institute brunch for graduating students dedicated to civic and community engagement. Frappier is Director of College Counseling at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. […]
The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement recently honored senior Civic Scholars during a special graduation toast. Over the past two years, the Civic Scholars Class of 2017 completed four semesters of academic course work, received multiple levels of mentorship, and developed substantial summer civic engagement projects. Like the 28 alumni Civic Scholars who have come before […]
The Civic Scholars Program, comprising four semesters of academic course work, combines self-exploration, peer relationship building, and experiential education to lead students to a deeper understanding of themselves and their roles as civic agents. Sophomores are selected through a competitive merit-based process and learn together through their junior and senior years. The program includes two years of […]
The political rise of Donald Trump, and his ascendancy into the presidency, represents one of the most surprising and contentious events in American history. Civic education and engagement are increasingly critical as individuals and communities consider their role in the democratic process. On March 9, the Gephardt Institute collaborated with a team of faculty to offer […]
The Gephardt Institute is advancing a bold vision to enhance a civic culture at Washington University, and the Civic Engagement Fund is a critical tool that supports members of the WashU campus community who seek to strengthen the social fabric of our communities. In the 2015-16 academic year, the fund awarded more than $75,000 to […]
Election Day is fast approaching. The Gephardt Institute encourages you to have a plan. Make sure you: Know what’s on the ballot! Visit Vote 411 for a guide. You can’t look at your phone in the polling place so use scrap paper for notes. Know where your polling place is! Go to the Missouri Secretary […]
This 2016 election cycle provides an exciting opportunity to launch a new voter engagement strategy for WashU, as the upcoming presidential debate at WashU and long publicized election have created a surge of interest in political engagement across campus.
Support from National Council member Matt Seiden and his wife Wendi Weill has far-reaching impact.
The Civic Scholars Program Class of 2016 reflects on their two years as scholars.
Senior Civic Scholars and friends Nick Okafor and Carrick Reddin discuss their shared experiences in the classroom and the community
Students led an immersion trip to Memphis, TN to peel back layers of community to understand social issues surrounding civil rights, diversity, and inclusion.
Students explore the parallels between Challenger disaster and Ferguson crisis during a unique class.
Danforth Scholars asked for a new model for spring break service, one that would teach them about St. Louis and provide an anchor for their studies at WashU.
WashU has been selected as host of the 2017 IMPACT National Conference, which will gather national student leaders in civic engagement and service.
Prof. Moore McBride shares her perspectives on how universities should engage students in the voting process in a WashU Expert article.
The Research University Civic Engagement Network will focus on civic engagement practices in higher education.
Applications for the program are now being accepted.
Through a series of tours, Community Engagement Faculty Fellow Prof. Bob Hansman reveals the complexities of St. Louis to faculty, staff, and students.
The new university homepage features Civic Scholars Program alumni and the 10-year anniversary of the institute.