2009-2010 Civic Engagement Fund
The Gephardt Institute for Public Service operates the Civic Engagement Fund to support
meaningful service and civic engagement initiatives. More than $23,000 was requested to
support projects, and the Institute awarded $5,574, with each award not exceeding $500.
LIST OF PROJECTS SUPPORTED:
Agahozo Shalom Youth Village “Green Team” Project in Rwanda
Tegan Bukowski, an undergraduate student in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts,
traveled as one of three Project Team Managers of a “Green Team” of students appointed by the
Institute for Global Leadership in January. The students are to design a sustainable model to
retrofit the buildings and practices of recently finished facilities for the Agahozo Shalom Youth
Village, a non-profit orphanage built to help children affected by the genocide in Rwanda.
Alliance of Students Against Poverty
Alliance of Students Against Poverty (ASAP) members attended a conference to learn, network,
and take action in the nationwide fight against poverty in November. ASAP members deepened
their understanding of poverty in America and were able to bring new skills and ideas about how
to plan their signature event on campus, Homelessness Awareness Week.
Amnesty International Poetry Slam
WU-Slam, a spoken word/poetry group, and Amnesty International hosted Amnesty Slam in
October, a poetry slam that focused on social justice and civic engagement. Hosted by Jared
Paul, a respected Providence poet and social worker, the event provided a diverse group of
people with a creative forum to discuss discrimination, diversity and social engagement.
Campus Kitchen Kick-Off
The opening of Feed St. Louis’s Campus Kitchen, part of a national Campus Kitchens Project,
was heralded by a large kick-off event in January. As part of the opening event, twenty student
volunteers traveled to four shelters to help beautify the shelters and garner support for further
participation in Campus Kitchen. Service activities were followed by a reception with speakers
from the local community.
Campus YMCA Alternative Spring Break-Los Angeles, CA
Students from Campus Y spent a week in Los Angeles in March helping to educate HIV/AIDS
patients and other community members about the disease alongside the staff of five
organizations, each of which are dedicated to a specific niche in addressing HIV/AIDS. The
students culminated their service trip with a mini ethnography based on polling and interviews
with the local population.
Campus YMCA Alternative Spring Break-Neah Bay, WA
Twelve students traveled to Neah Bay, WA, for a week in March where they volunteered at the
Head Start program and at the Makah Cultural and Research Center, which serves as a tribal
museum. At Head Start students helped teachers care for preschoolers, and at the museum
students helped prepare for a 10,000-15,000 person summer festival celebrating Native
Campus YMCA Alternative Winter Break-Jamaica
Students from Campus Y spent a week in Jamaica in January mentoring orphans at St. John
Bosco Boys Home and New Hope, helping upkeep facilities at schools and orphanages, and
teaching elementary students. Campus Y participants conducted a total of 104 hours of service as
a group, and plan to hold a clothing drive as a fundraising opportunity to provide more support
for St. John Bosco Boys Home and New Hope.
Global Medical Brigade to Honduras
The Global Medical Brigades chapter at Washington University sent physicians, healthcare
specialists, and thirty undergraduate students to provide free medical assistance and medical
supplies in a village in Honduras. The brigade saw approximately 500 patients daily for a week
Improving Child Health in Rural Guatemala
Anita Chary, an MD/PhD student in the School of Medicine & Department of Anthropology,
went to the Maya village of Socorro, Guatemala on a medical service trip with the non-
governmental organization Wuqu’ Kawoq in December. Ms. Chary worked on several child
health initiatives, provided free services and testing to the community, and evaluated the child
Latino Empowerment Team Alternative Spring Break-Harlingen and Brownsville, TX
The Latino Empowerment Team (LET), an initiative of the Campus Y and the Annika Lynn
Rodriguez Scholars Program, sent eleven undergraduates to Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas
where they spent a week giving high school students information about how to apply to college,
how to apply for financial aid, and what to look for in a college. LET went to five high schools
and talked to groups of students ranging from 15-100. The presentation consisted of three skits
and two games that were mainly used as a spring board to discuss issues important to students.
Lutheran Campus Ministry Alternative Spring Break-Guatemala
Eleven students and three adults traveled to San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala to work with
ConstruCasa, a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve housing and living conditions of
impoverished families. The students build three houses in five days during their one week stay
Occupational Therapy Alternative Spring Break-Guatemala
Occupational Therapy students traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala in March to work with
Service for Peace, a non-profit organization that brings volunteer groups together to help
communities address urgent social needs. Students provided wheelchair evaluation and seating,
training on bathing, dressing, and grooming, and instruction of assistive technology.
Psychology Outreach Program
Graduate students in Psychology gave presentations at schools in the St. Louis area during the
spring semester. The students implemented bi-monthly one hour sessions for classes and youth
groups between the ages of 12-16 where they shared the excitement of psychology with youth,
connected psychology research with everyday situations such as peer pressure, and raised mental
Rhythms for Rebuilding
Rhythms for Rebuilding organized a charity concert that drew 300 people and raised over $2,000
for KIPP Inspire Academy’s art program in November. The concert included a performance by
students from the art program, which inspired audience members to get involved with KIPP
through Washington University’s Each One Teach One program.
St. Louis Dance Marathon
The St. Louis Dance Marathon brings the Washington University students and faculty together
with the community in a yearlong effort to raise awareness of and funds for the Children’s
Miracle Network (CMN) of Greater St. Louis, an organization benefitting the two St. Louis area
children’s hospitals. In November, Dance Marathon raised over $134,000 for CMN.
St. Louis Home Equipment Lending Program (HELP) Equipment Safety/Use Manuals for
Home Medical Equipment
Occupational Therapy students created equipment safety/use manuals for St. Louis HELP, a non-
profit organization that collects used home medical equipment and redistributes it, free of cost, to
clients. The students distributed the manuals and helped educate clients about the use of medical
devices, advocating for assistive technology to promote participation within the disabled
community and providing training material for future health education programs with other
WULaw Alternative Spring Break
Seven law students traveled to Chicago to work at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
in March. Participants were paired with NIJC attorneys in areas including asylum, detention,
and criminal justice. This hands-on experience introduced the group to the inner workings of the
organization and immigration law while also providing meaningful aid to NIJC clients.
Youth Reentry Day
The Black Law Students Association in coordination with the Eastern District of Missouri, U.S.
Probation office, and Missouri Probation & Parole, coordinated a one day event in February for
30 young offenders (ages 18–24) to learn about available resources, training and employment
opportunities to help them lead more successful lives. This collaboration resulted in a stronger
partnership between the University and law enforcement in assisting young men/women with
Awards for pending projects
Empower: an Entrepreneurial Program for the Middle School Girls of Compton Drew
Katherine Lynch, an undergraduate student in Arts & Sciences, created an entrepreneurial
program that will involve twelve undergraduates and twelve middle school girls at Compton
Drew LIC Middle School. The program will be implemented between August of 2010 and April
of 2011, and will teach the girls how to start a company and be a successful entrepreneur, while
drawing inspiration from strong women leaders.
Fun in the Sun: Super Summer Readers
Kappa Delta Pi collaborated with third grade teachers at Pershing Elementary School to kick-off
a summer reading initiative. Kappa Delta Pi members will hold this kick-off event in early May,
which includes a pep rally, an interactive book reading, and complimentary book marks and
books chosen by students themselves.
Global Engagement Summit
Stephanie Koh, an undergraduate student in Anthropology, will attend the Global Engagement
Summit (GES) in April, which invites young people with innovative, responsible projects for
human and social development and assists delegates in raising money towards their projects.
Ms. Koh wants to develop a networking service to increase the awareness of resources available
to people on the streets, and hopes to use funding and mentoring resources available at GES to
make her vision a reality.
Medical Student International Rotation
Sarah Proehl, a first year medical student, will travel to Gabarone, Botswana in June of 2010 to
complete a rotation at a Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) clinic. Ms.
Proehl will obtain medical history of patients, demonstrate knowledge of WHO guidelines for
HIV/AIDS in children, and learn methods of preventing mother-to-child transmission. She
hopes her experience in Botswana will help her incorporate a community-based approach to
medicine in her future practice and research.
Project Peanut Butter (PPB): Treating Malnutrition in Sierra Leone Using Ready-to-Use
Yi Wang, a first year medical student, will spend the summer of 2010 in Sierra Leone screening
and treating malnourished children with ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) made from
peanut butter, and helping to develop the factory in which the RUTF is made. Ms. Wang will be
the first student to volunteer under PPB in Sierra Leone, but if successful, this would open up
opportunities for future students to volunteer and experience healthcare in the region.
Seniors Serve the Lou
The Senior Class Council will organize 300 students to perform service during Senior Week in
May of 2010. The seniors will volunteer at organizations such as Operation Food Search,
St. Louis Foodbank, Gateway Greening, and Feed St. Louis.
Takkana Social Justice Fellowship
Eight students from St. Louis Hillel will spend a week building a bakery for a community in the
Dominican Republic in May of 2010. The trip is part of a year-long fellowship which is
sponsored by St. Louis Hillel and run by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS).
Women in Science Day
Up to 60 volunteers from the Association for Women in Science and the Young Scientist
Program will host an energetic one day workshop which will bring approximately 120 young
women from high schools of the St. Louis Public School District to the Washington University
campus in November of 2010. The workshop will include hands- on activities, speakers, tours of
facilities and an interactive career panel.