The Gephardt Institute is committed to supporting student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life as we adapt to new challenges and approaches to community engagement during this global pandemic.

We offer consultation, reflection tools, and considerations for your community engagement, as well as ways to support those most impacted. We would be glad to hear from you about your questions, needs, and interests.

Connect With Us

Do you or your student group have a time-sensitive need? Are you looking for specific types
of resources or volunteer opportunities? We are here to help! Join us for virtual open hours, offered every Wednesday, 3-5 pm CST.

If you are not available during open hours, you can email Colleen Smyth, Student Engagement Coordinator, to schedule a Zoom consultation:

You can also submit an opportunity and explore a list of current opportunities.
Submissions are added on a weekly basis. View upcoming opportunities below.

Student Resources


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

Engage Democracy Resources

  • Census: The U.S. Census Bureau is proceeding as if students are still at their campus (either on- or off-campus) residences, NOT at whatever residence they’ve relocated to because of these closures. Learn how you can be counted.
  • Voter Engagement: Learn how to register to vote, check your polling place, and learn more about the voting process.

Opportunities & Events

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 […]

Recruit Peers as Poll Workers for November 2020 Election

Elections across the United States are at risk. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the older Americans who typically manage our polling places have had to withdraw. It is essential to keep polling places open to enable full participation in the 2020 election. Campus Compact believes that college students can play a critical role […]

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