The foundation of civic and community engagement is in critical reflection – a process of thinking about circumstances that help us to learn, grow, and deepen our civic commitments. We invite you to reflect on this civic moment and commit to action as we explore how we engage with the civic impact of COVID-19 and the Movement for Black Lives on our communities and in our global society.

Titled #ThisCivicMoment, this online series is open to submissions from Washington University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We invite you, as individuals or groups, to share your perspectives on the implications of COVID-19 and the Movement for Black Lives. 

Submissions may be journalistic, academic, artistic, calls to action, or personal narrative, and we welcome a variety of media, including short essays (350 words as suggested maximum), poetry, video or audio recordings (5 minutes as suggested maximum), and images. 

Call for Nominations

We welcome and encourage nominations for the #ThisCivicMoment series. To nominate a member of the WashU community, please click on the button below.

Submission Process

Are you ready to submit? We ask contributors to consider the following prompts as you develop your submission: 

  • What is this civic moment teaching you about your community, yourself, and/or your sphere of influence in relation to civic engagement?
  • How are you making sense of this civic moment? What frameworks or perspectives have been most helpful? What previous frames or assumptions have been challenged? What frameworks or perspectives would be helpful for others to consider in this civic moment?
  • What are the implications of this civic moment for you, your community, institutions, systems, the nation, or the world?
  • How will you act in this civic moment? How will your respond to this civic moment? What are you committing to doing as a result of this civic moment?

We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis. Please complete our submission form using the link below. A staff member will follow up to discuss the review and selection process. We will publish a selection of submissions on our website and in other communications.

Interested in learning more or discussing your ideas before submitting? Please fill out the form (submission field is optional), or email us at

Submit to #ThisCivicMoment Series

Washington University encourages all members of the University community to be informed, actively engaged citizens.  We welcome submissions representing a diverse range of views and beliefs and want to empower you to share your ideas and perspectives. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis and are selected based on their alignment with to #ThisCivicMoment’s purpose and submission guidelines. Submissions that include harassing or threatening content or that otherwise do not align with the Gephardt Institute’s mission and values, as determined by the Gephardt Institute, will not be posted.

Please note that as a non-partisan, tax-exempt institution, Washington University itself may not advocate for the election or defeat of a particular candidate or political party, nor can the University promote or encourage such advocacy by participants in university-sponsored events. Submissions posted reflect the individual views of the author and do not constitute University sponsorship, support, or endorsement of any political candidate, political party, or political action committee.