The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us personally and professionally as we navigate through this unprecedented time. We know that Washington University’s alternate operations and COVID-related impacts will have an evolving impact on departments and organizations. We are here to help. 

We are committed to supporting faculty and staff engagement through consultation on community partnerships, curriculum/project development and assessment, volunteer opportunities, and other topics.

Are you teaching or partnering on a Community Engaged Course? Together, we can consider ways to define or adapt your course objectives to meet the current needs of students and community partners. Are you new to Community Engaged Teaching and Learning? We can start on a path toward community engagement, exploring the public relevance of your work and partnership opportunities.

Connect With Us

Please join us for weekly open hours and tell us about your community engagement questions and needs, volunteer interests, and ways in which we can offer support. Learn more about open hours here.

If you are not available during open hours, you can schedule a Zoom consultation with
Cassie Power, Associate Director for Faculty and Academic Engagement at the Gephardt Institute:

Faculty & Staff Resources

Civic and Community Engagement Guides

Teaching Resources

Funding Opportunities 

  • Civic Engagement Fund: learn about funding and support for courses and initiatives that cultivate community engagement. Opportunities range from $500 to $5,000. Course Development Grant proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.

2020 Census

  • Census Updates: view resources to help students understand current U.S. Census Bureau guidelines. WashU students should still be counted as though they are in the St. Louis area.


Share your perspective on COVID-19 and the civic implications of this moment as part of a new online series.

Opportunities to Engage 

Support K-12 Students Through The Tutor Me Program

The Tutor Me Program is an after school program offered through Smart Kids, Inc. It provides free 1:1 academic tutoring/mentoring services and S.T.E.A.M. activities for students in the St. Louis area. The program is looking for eager, smart, and loyal college/university students to help K-12 students for the 2020-2021 school year. Volunteers are needed to […]

Volunteer for Racial Healing + Justice Fund Phone Bank

Forward Through Ferguson and WEPOWER are hosting a phone bank with six opportunities to make calls to community members to hear their visions and priorities about Racial Healing + Justice. The answers will help design the priorities of the $1.5M+ Racial Healing+Justice Fund. Volunteers 16 years of age and older are welcome to sign up […]

Special Call for ERSP Grant Proposals: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism

The American Educational Research Association is currently accepting proposals for a special cycle of Education Research Service Projects (ERSP) initiative grants to address the dual pandemics facing education and learning in formal and informal contexts: COVID-19 and systemic racism. AERA’s Education Research Service Projects initiative encourages education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to […]

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