The Gephardt Institute has named its Class of 2019 group of Civic Scholars. Sixteen sophomores, in Arts & Sciences and the Sam Fox School, have been chosen for the program’s latest cohort.
Stephanie Kurtzman has been named the Peter Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. The role will be supported through an endowment established in honor of civic leader Peter Sortino, who died in March.
Civic Scholar Kierstan Carter wanted to change St. Louis by connecting high school students with community leaders. But when that idea flopped, Carter moved on to Plan B: changing herself.
The Gephardt Institute celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a renewed focus on engagement. Its Civic Scholars Program exemplifies the mission: to develop engaged citizens and build strong communities.
Across higher education, colleges and universities refer to a tripartite mission of teaching, research and service. Today, the shift in service is one away from a charitable orientation toward one that embraces a problem-solving, partnership-based approach.
Amanda Moore McBride, PhD, turned an anonymous donation allowing her to attend the Presidential Classroom into a lifetime of engaging students and the community.
Art and community building in St. Louis is the next social issue to be explored in “St. Louis Up Close,” a series sponsored by WUSTL’s Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Community Service Office. “Art and Community Building: Cherokee Street and Beyond,” will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in the Liberman Graduate Center, DUC 300.
A group of Washington University students, in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum and Gephardt Institute of Public Service, will present a two-part community forum on the evolution of the U.S. prison-industrial complex titled “The Criminal Brand: America’s Invisible Class,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Missouri History Museum.
The Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis has selected seven juniors as the second cohort of its Civic Scholars Program, joining five seniors selected last year. The students were chosen from a competitive pool for their outstanding qualifications, exemplary dedication to community engagement and potential for civic leadership.
“The Delmar Loop: Revitalization and Its Impact,” will be the subject of a discussion at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Brown Hall Lounge. The event is part of “St. Louis Up Close,” an ongoing series of casual dialogues with St. Louis leaders about social issues.