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Washington University in St. Louis is committed to civic and community engagement, which takes many forms at the university – including volunteerism, advocacy, education and philanthropy – which, when integrated, create the greatest possibility for community development and student learning.

At Washington University, learning and civic engagement intertwine in real and meaningful ways.

  • A majority of WashU students participate in community service during their time at the university.
  • Faculty work to support student engagement by offering community-based courses and leading community-engaged research that has notable social impact.
  • Staff implement signature programs each year that exemplify Washington University's commitment to community engagement.
  • Community partners collaborate with WashU students and faculty on an ongoing basis as a way to advance their missions and help train the next generation of civic leaders. The results are mutually beneficial and long lasting.

Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement supports members of the university community in contributing their time and talents, applying their scholarship and expertise, and discovering innovative ways to make a positive impact on communities worldwide. Initiatives supported by the institute include sustained community partnerships, co-curricular service, community-based teaching and learning, international service, and programs promoting civic life and public service careers. In encouraging students to develop a lifelong ethic of service to society, the institute also engages alumni and older adults in its activities.

Institute for School Partnership

The Institute for School Partnership connects St. Louis schools with Washington University, empowers educators with teaching resources and develops research-informed classroom best practices. The goal of the Institute for School Partnership is to design and model strategic partnerships between K-12 and higher education that are focused on improving students’ development and success.

Explore Washington University’s community engagement with local schools by visiting the Institute for School Partnership website.