In the midst of this global pandemic, the Gephardt Institute applies our values to ground our response to the present challenges and move us into responsible action for the collective good. People across the nation and in the St. Louis region are being impacted by the effects of COVID-19—physically, financially, and emotionally.

While we are bearing witness to an unraveling of what once was, we are simultaneously witnessing an extraordinary outpouring of civic engagement: people showing up for one another, resources and attention for those most vulnerable among us, political engagement, and critical dialogue about our collective vision for the future. At the Gephardt Institute, we applaud these civic efforts, and we are here as a resource for those who are seeking ways to engage in our WashU and St. Louis communities and with community organizations seeking support.

We will regularly update this content in service to students, faculty, staff, and community organizations. We will also be collecting and sharing perspectives from the WashU community, highlighting the civic engagement happening right now. We believe that these perspectives are vital for our collective learning, reckoning, memory, and healing. We will chronicle submissions in a new online series, #ThisCivicMoment, beginning this summer.

Connect with Us 


Learn about opportunities for engagement, explore tools and resources for student groups, schedule a Zoom consultation with our Student Engagement Coordinator, share your current needs, and more.

Faculty & Staff

Access civic engagement resources and a community engagement guide, schedule a Zoom consultation with our Associate Director for Faculty & Academic Engagement, and more. 


Share your current needs, submit a volunteer or engagement opportunity, schedule a Zoom consultation with our Assistant Director for Community Engagement, and more.

#ThisCivicMoment Series

#ThisCivicMoment is a new online series that invites members of the WashU community to share their perspectives, learn, and reflect together as we explore the civic impact of COVID-19 and the Movement for Black Lives on our communities and in our global society.

Opportunities to Engage

There are many ways to support COVID-19 relief efforts, from virtual volunteering to financial donations. Learn about local St. Louis organizations that are coordinating these efforts, and submit or sign up for a volunteer opportunity here