Lucy Chin Shares Passion for Bridging Across Differences

Stern Family Civic Scholar Lucy Chin ‘17 reflects on the impact of Gephardt Institute programs throughout her four years at Washington University. In addition to her participation in the Civic Scholars Program, Lucy has led a service trip to Memphis and has interned with the institute to coordinate Meet St. Louis and Hawthorn InvestiGirls. The Gephardt Institute for Civic and […]

Rise Up: Civic Scholar Alumnus Focuses on a More Equitable St. Louis

2016 Civic Scholar Carrick Reddin shares his reflections on the role of mentorship and community while at WashU and now as a citizen of St. Louis.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”                               […]

Beijing Forum Inspires Cross-Cultural Reflections on University Social Responsibility

Civic Scholar Laken Sylvander ‘17 joined research manager Matthew Bakko to represent Washington University in Beijing at the University Social Responsibility Network Summit and the Beijing Forum. When I was informed I was selected to serve as the WashU student representative to travel to Beijing and present at the University Social Responsibility Network Summit, I […]

1,000 Hours with Gephardt

Rachel Sumption, AB Islamic Studies ’16, has connected WU tutors with St. Louis charter schools as our Each One Teach One Coordinator, and explored a lifetime of advocacy as a Civic Scholar. Here, she reflects on her experience with the Gephardt Institute weeks before traveling to Rabat, Morocco as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. By […]

In the News: Fail Better: Kierstan Carter


A new series titled “Fail Better” showcases Washington University faculty, staff and students who have failed big, sometimes in very public, humiliating ways. And yet, their so-called failure has brought surprising rewards. The latest interview in the series profiles Gephardt Institute Civic Scholar Kierstan Carter, who wanted to change St. Louis by connecting high school students with […]

In the News: Tori Bawel Committed to Serving Society’s Most Vulnerable


Tori Bawel, who is an Annika Rodriguez Scholar and a Gephardt Institute Civic Scholar, plans to attend Stanford University School of Medicine in the fall. She said “I recognized how I could help both individual patients and vulnerable populations through medicine, research and advocacy.” Read WUSTL Commencement’s full article here.

Gephardt Institute Selects 2017 Cohorts of Civic Scholars

The Gephardt Institute for Public Service selected twelve sophomores for its 2017 class of the Civic Scholars Program. With its mission “to cultivate the next generation of civic leaders,” the program seeks students with exemplary scholarship, leadership, and commitment to community engagement. Civic Scholars enroll in two years of academic coursework related to civic leadership […]

Civic Scholars Program: Where Passion Meets the Need of the World

Civic Scholars from the Class of 2015 have been recognized for their work across campus and beyond. Jason Silberman, a senior in the philosophy-neuroscience-psychology in Arts & Sciences, is a Stern Family Civic Scholar. Jason worked with a team at the Washington University School of Medicine last summer to develop a checklist to guide standard […]