The Gephardt Institute was established in 2005 with a bold vision galvanized by Congressman Richard Gephardt and continually embraced by Chancellor Wrighton and Provost Thorp: That Washington University students are inspired and equipped to contribute to the life and health 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. 

Learn about our growth and accomplishments over the course of Washington University’s Leading Together campaign and in our 2016-2017 Year in Review