The Gephardt Institute was established in 2005 with a bold vision galvanized by Congressman Richard Gephardt and continually embraced by Chancellor Martin: That Washington University students are inspired and equipped to contribute to the progress and vitality of communities around the world. 

Since that time, the world has seen unprecedented challenges that reaffirm the urgent need for engaged citizens and engaged universities, poised with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to seek solutions to these challenges and improve the quality of life for all.  

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement heeds this call by fostering a vibrant culture of civic engagement throughout Washington University, realized by engaged citizens, scholarship, and partnerships that advance the collective good. 

Strategic Blueprint

Our Strategic Blueprint is the first step in an ongoing strategic planning process that articulates our mission, vision, context, goals, and strategic priorities. We defined this framework through dialogue with over 250 students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community partners, and friends. Learn more about our process and view the Strategic Blueprint here

Growth and Accomplishments

Learn more about our growth and accomplishments over the course of Washington University’s Leading Together campaign.