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.
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.
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.