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​​​The WashU Engage Network is in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and is for all alumni, parents, and friends interested in civic and community engagement activities and discussions to deepen their connection to each other, their community, and campus life. Through Alumni and Parent Book Discussions, community service opportunities, mentoring, and expert panel discussions, the WashU community is strengthening their knowledge, responding to community needs, and creating lifelong citizen engagement.​



Voting is an essential form of civic engagement. The Gephardt Institute and WashU Engage facilitate this process by actively encouraging voter registration and participation in local, state, and national elections. Equally important to the voting process is the cultivation of informed citizens who know what they are voting about, and why.​ Stay informed and educated by utilizing these resources. Let us know you voted by posting #IVoted on WashU Engage Facebook page!

​Every candidate and measure, explained! Research every race and referendum on the ballot with BallotReady.

TurboVote supports users across all 50 states and DC! We make sure you always know when elections are happening and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up to receive election reminders, get help registering to vote, & apply for your absentee ballot. 

WashU Votes implements voter registration and voter turn out efforts.​​ WashU Votes originated as a collaboration between Campus Life, Public Affairs, Student Union, Graduate Professional Council, and Gephardt Institute when WashU hosted the Presidential Debate in 2016 - currently Gephardt leads the group.

Here's what alumni are doing in their community to stay engaged! Let us know what you are doing by clicking here​.


  • Picking up trash in their neighborhood.
  • Volunteering at a Chicago food pantry.
  • Participating in the JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging) Program to support elderly in NYC facing isolation due to the Coronavirus​.
  • Making respirators for the infectious disease teams at Montefiore Medical Center.
  • Staffing occupational health service COVID hotlines for hospital employees.
  • Making PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for the Montefiore hospital system.
  • Supporting colleagues and friends on the front lines​.
  • Voting in local and national elections.

WashU Engage Leadership

Chicago Chapter​
John Crosby, AB ’69, Chair

Washington, D.C. Chapter
Claire Wickel, AB ’09, Chair

Ways to get involved


Expand your Network

Join the WashU Engage LinkedIn Group – an online networking and resource group that brings together alumni, students, parents, staff, and faculty, to network, explore, discuss trends, and share information.
Update your Information – to allow the university to keep you informed of the latest Washington University news, advancements and alumni events, we encourage you to keep your address, phone number and email address updated in our records.
Alumni Directory (login required) –Your alumni profile lets you share information about yourself with other WashU alumni. By editing your profile, you can control which personal details (if any) other alumni and students are able to see.

Attend an Event 

WashU Engage events including, Alumni and Parent Book Discussions, community service opportunities, and panels discussions, are hosted across the country. Visit the Events Calendar  for opportunities near you.


Volunteers are vital to the success of the WashU Engage Network. There are many ways in which you can share your passion, knowledge, experience, and current community involvement with others. The Network is seeking volunteers to be:
-       Alumni and Parent Book Discussion Hosts
-       WashU Engage Site Leaders
-       Speakers at an event to share expertise and advice
-       Provide career support to students and young alumni by offering internships, assisting with mock interviews,
reviewing resumes, and serving as a mentor

If you are interested in any of these ​volunteer opportunities or would like to learn about other ways to contribute, ple
ase fill out the volunteer interest form. 

If you are interested in being a WashU Engage Site Leader, visit the volunteer resource page to learn more about the support that is available.

Contact Us

For more information, please email washuengage@wustl.edu or call 314-935-5212.​

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