Educating students to be effective citizens who can participate meaningfully in our democracy is essential. By providing opportunities to develop deliberative skills, engage across differences, and apply their knowledge through civic action, we prepare graduates who can renew and strengthen their communities.

- Andrew D. Martin
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Activation Plan

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Below is an overview of some campus activities:

  • The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is committed to high-quality initiatives, measurable impact, coordinated and community-driven efforts, seamless civic education, and focused attention on the greatest challenges in our home city of St. Louis.
  • Each year, a cohort of Civic Scholars participates in a rigorous, two-year, in-depth curriculum for undergraduate students, including a stipend to support a “Civic Summer” project or internship during their junior year.
  • Dialogue Across Difference program is an eight-week course that teaches undergraduate students how to explore difficult topics such as politics, religion, race, gender, and socio-economic identity in a positive and productive way.
  • Each year, Chancellor Martin teaches a popular class for undergraduate students called “Free Speech on Campus,” which, through a series of case studies, explores how the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech, association, and press play out in universities.
  • Washington University aims to be the nation’s premier university for developing leaders of character and conviction with the establishment of the Bauer Leaders Academy, the first university leadership center to engage every undergraduate student as they learn to understand and cultivate leadership skills, explore purpose in their lives, and learn to influence and energize others toward a common goal.
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Andrew D. Martin
Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
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Below is an overview of some campus activities:

  • The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is committed to high-quality initiatives, measurable impact, coordinated and community-driven efforts, seamless civic education, and focused attention on the greatest challenges in our home city of St. Louis.
  • Each year, a cohort of Civic Scholars participates in a rigorous, two-year, in-depth curriculum for undergraduate students, including a stipend to support a “Civic Summer” project or internship during their junior year.
  • Dialogue Across Difference program is an eight-week course that teaches undergraduate students how to explore difficult topics such as politics, religion, race, gender, and socio-economic identity in a positive and productive way.
  • Each year, Chancellor Martin teaches a popular class for undergraduate students called “Free Speech on Campus,” which, through a series of case studies, explores how the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech, association, and press play out in universities.
  • Washington University aims to be the nation’s premier university for developing leaders of character and conviction with the establishment of the Bauer Leaders Academy, the first university leadership center to engage every undergraduate student as they learn to understand and cultivate leadership skills, explore purpose in their lives, and learn to influence and energize others toward a common goal.

Educating students to be effective citizens who can participate meaningfully in our democracy is essential. By providing opportunities to develop deliberative skills, engage across differences, and apply their knowledge through civic action, we prepare graduates who can renew and strengthen their communities.

- Andrew D. Martin