About our Host

Washington University in St. Louis is a place where people matter and serious work is done. Washington University educates some 12,900 full-time graduate and undergraduate students from 100 nations and offers more than 300 academic programs. An international leader in teaching, research and scholarship, Washington University also is committed to serving the community it calls home through civic engagement and community service.  Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide ranging exploration. Washington University’s faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country, and the world. To learn more, visit wustl.edu.


The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement serves as a convener for campus and community to help solve and problems in the St. Louis region and beyond; connecting community members to the human capital of Washington University; and catalyzing students, faculty, and staff across the university towards effective practices in the community. Our mission is to cultivate informed and actively engaged citizens through our signature initiatives and programs. Initiatives supported by the institute include sustained community partnerships, co-curricular service; community engaged teaching international service, and programs promoting civic life and leadership. We are humbled to host the 2017 IMPACT Conference and we can’t wait to share the rich history, culture and community of St. Louis! We hope conference attendees receive a greater appreciation for our region and strengthened capacity to build stronger communities.