With a passion for both education and social justice, the path of Jeremy Scheiner ‘13 has taken him from WashU’s campus to the forefront of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Through his experiences at WashU, previous role leading a Gephardt Institute tutoring partnership with KIPP, and his subsequent career, Scheiner exemplifies the power of […]
“Behind an elected official is an army of individuals who dedicate their time, and have genuine interest, in improving the communities they represent and live in…I have a newfound respect and admiration for all of these individuals.” These are just a couple of the lessons that Goldman Fellow Jesse Sanchez ’25 learned through the St. […]
In this episode, Kelly and Shavanna discuss the April 2023 St. Louis Municipal Elections as part of their Monday Night Live YouTube series. Some of the themes included taxes on recreational marijuana, the Ferguson mayoral race, St. Louis City’s ward reduction to 14 alderpeople, ward funding, various school board elections in the county, St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees elections, and more.
In this episode, Annie joins Eric Reiter and Bethany Copeland, of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, to discuss her journey into politics, recent changes in the St. Louis aldermanic landscape, and provide guidance on navigating local government.
On Monday, May 15, the Gephardt Institute joined the Washington University community in congratulating the Class of 2023 on their hard work—much of it under the trials of the COVID pandemic—and their collective commitment to the betterment of our world.
In what might be a perfect match between a job description and an employee, Sarah Nash is the Gephardt Institute’s Community Engagement Manager. Since joining the Gephardt Institute in July 2022, Nash leads program strategy and implementation to foster mutually beneficial community engagement between WashU students and community partners in the St. Louis region. Nash […]
As one of 12 WashU graduates featured in the university’s annual Class Acts piece in The Source, St. Louis Fellow alumni Blake Comeaux reflected on his experiences over his last four years. In addition to his experiences as an Ervin Scholar and varsity athlete, Comeaux credits the Gephardt Institute with making his undergraduate experience even […]
In this episode, Blake joins Eric Reiter and Bethany Copeland, of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, to discuss carceral systems, localized reparations, public safety as community wellness, and how to create more equitable structural changes within the law.
A WashU sociology course supported by the Gephardt Institute presented $40,000 in funding to four local nonprofit organizations to bolster their work in the St. Louis community. Philanthropy Lab, a course in Arts & Sciences’ Department of Sociology taught by Barbara Levin and David Rigby, gives students a theoretical and practical understanding of philanthropy today. […]
The All Civic Celebration is a unique event that brings together all current students in the Civic Scholars Program—newly selected sophomores, juniors and seniors—to facilitate relationships and celebrate major milestones in the Civic Scholar experience. This year’s event took place on Sunday, April 30, in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge. “It has been such an […]
In this episode, Tony joins Eric Reiter and Bethany Copeland, of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, to discuss conflict, complexity, how journalism is essential to democracy, and why the news in St. Louis is so relevant to the rest of the country.
In this episode, Dr. Inazu joins Eric Reiter and Bethany Copeland, of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, to discuss authentic relationship building, how law affects activism, and the value of bringing faith identities into public discourse.
In this episode, Punch joins Eric Reiter and Bethany Copeland, to discuss bringing institutional resources into the community, bullet injuries as a public health crisis, and how medicine can be inclusive and humanizing.
In this episode, Aaron discusses car-free advocacy, the arc of change, and personal stories from turning passion into policy.
The Gephardt Institute welcomed Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, to WashU for a series of presentations, workshops, and a feature even on “Educating for Democracy in a Time of Division.”
An undergraduate leadership program at WashU helped Anne Filipic ’04 cement her passion for community service—a passion that took her to the White House, and now to her career as a national leader in the fight to end poverty and hunger. In August, Filipic was hired as Chief Executive Officer of Share Our Strength, a […]
“Best voting experience ever!” “Great experience, start to finish.” “Every vote day should feel like this!” The results are in, and the Gephardt Institute’s voter turnout efforts were a smashing success, according to the students who voted on campus on Nov. 8. Almost 950 students and other St. Louis County voters cast their Midterm Election […]
After the massive effort to get out the vote at WashU, the Gephardt Institute’s efforts to instill civic engagement interest and skills in students are still going strong. Civic Café is a new weekly event held in Stix House on Tuesdays, in which the WashU community is invited to discuss a civic issue or develop […]
As the 2022 Primary Elections rapidly approach, we sat down with Voter Engagement Coordinator, Louis Damani Jones, to hear more about his work. Louis is a graduate of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a previous Engage Democracy Fellow at the institute. We are excited that he is now bringing his […]
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.