Washington University in St. Louis
is committed to maintaining a vital community of businesses and
residential neighborhoods near its Danforth and Medical Campuses.
The Washington University Medical
Center Redevelopment Corporation (WUMCRC) has helped revitalize physical
structures in neighborhoods surrounding the Medical Center, leading
to an economic and social renewal of the immediate community. During
the past two decades, the redevelopment corporation has revitalized
the area north of the Medical Center by spurring about $430 million
in residential, commercial, and institutional reinvestment. WUMCRC works closely with neighborhood groups in the area in addressing employment, public improvements, home repair and security, and public safety issues.
Since 1996 WUMCRC has been working with local neighborhood
groups and stakeholders in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood to stabilize and revitalize this important area. A communitywide neighborhood plan, sponsored by WUMCRC, outlined a $200 million physical and human services plan. To date, the Medical Center institutions have invested $23 million in the plan's initiatives, which have attracted more then $80 million in investment from the public and private sectors. More than 200 new and rehabilitated homes have been completed,
with an additional 50 affordable rental units in the development process.
In addition, a 90-unit elderly-assistive living complex that
opened in November 2002 and the Adams School and Community Center
campus are neighborhood centerpieces. WUMCRC recently recruited the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club to assume control and operations of the Adams Park Community Center; through this partnership, programming has increased tremendously. Washington University also has provided adult employment, security, senior home repair, youth summer camps, and after-school programs in this neighborhood.
WUMCRC has work under way to
re-energize Manchester Avenue with new retail, housing, public improvements, and community
services. The redevelopment corporation is working with a group of Manchester stakeholders to form a Community Improvement District, which will create a stable source of funding for security, beautification, cleanliness, public improvements, and marketing along the strip.
Another example of neighborhood support is Washington
University's 26-year supporting membership in the Skinker-DeBaliviere
Community Councilan organization that has fostered improvement
efforts to increase stability and attract investment in the area
adjacent to the Danforth Campus.
As part of its commitment to
Skinker-DeBaliviere and University City, Washington University owns
177 apartment buildings, occupied primarily by graduate and professional
students. Also, to encourage home ownership in neighboring
areasincluding Skinker-DeBaliviere, Forest Park Southeast,
portions of West End, and northeast University CityWashington University offers forgivable
loans to eligible full- and part-time faculty and staff who wish to purchase primary residences in these neighborhoods.
has partnered with the Bank of America and the Regional Housing and
Community Development Alliance in rehabilitating a 1907 warehouse
in the heart of downtown St. Louis' Washington Avenue Loft District.
The building provides living and working space for practicing artists
and showcases art in the Des Lee Gallery.
In addition, the University supported
the cross-county expansion of MetroLink, which opened in August 2006.
Connecting Washington University and its neighbors to major employment
and retail centers, this eight-mile extension is revitalizing
neighborhoods, promoting clean air, and reducing traffic congestion. As part of its support, Washington University provides free boarding of any Metro bus or train through a Universal Transit Pass available to full-time students, benefits-eligible faculty and staff, and full-time employees of qualified service providers performing daily tasks on its campuses.
The Washington University Neighbors'
Council was formed in 1999 to help ensure mutual respect and understanding.
Made up of neighborhood representatives from areas surrounding the
University, the council provides information and advice on municipal
and neighborhood issues and goals, informs area neighborhoods of
University initiatives and programs, and provides a forum for neighbors
to make suggestions to the University.
Focusing attention on public serviceits value, its importance, its interestis the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, which started in February 2005. The institute provides services and programs intended to promote informed civic engagement, political participation, and public service. A major gift honoring former U.S. Representative Richard Gephardt, a native St. Louisan who represented Missouri's third district for 28 years and twice ran for United States president, created the nonpartisan institute.
The George Warren Brown School
of Social Work is wrestling with issues such as child welfare, productive aging,
alcoholism, and the prevention of AIDS. The School's Center for
Social Development focuses on helping individuals and families build
assets for life goals such as homes, education, and enterprise
development; increasing participation in the economy and society;
promoting strong communities, active citizenship, and interracial
harmony; and creating responsive, effective human service and community
development organizations. Named by the National Institute of Mental
Health as the first social work research development center in the
nation, the School's Center for Mental Health Services Research addresses scientific knowledge gaps around mental health services.
The Department of Psychology is an area in
Arts & Sciences also researching social issuessuch as new
ways to provide legal, medical, and welfare services in St. Louis
and the reasons high school students drop out. The School of Medicine
is also very active in programs related to social issues.
The Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has launched the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition.
With the goal of finding and encouraging innovative ways to deliver
needed public goods and services, the competition features $150,000 in
awards, including $35,000 for a youth-related venture. The competition
also sponsors workshops and activities to support participants.
Service to Society
From working with abused and neglected
children to combating illiteracy, racism, and world hunger, members
of the Washington University community recognize the importance
of volunteerism. Students, faculty, and staff have been involved
in hundreds of volunteer and service activities, including:
- STONE Soup, an organization
to help feed the homeless.
- The Charles Drew Community
Blood Donor Program, which is increasing the number of African-American
- S.A.G.E., or Service Across Generations, a student organization meeting weekly with older adults in nursing homes.
- Activity programs for neglected
and problem children.
- Tutoring and recreational
events for underprivileged children.
- Food and clothing drives for
- Fundraising projects for AIDS
patients, abused children, and people suffering from catastrophic
- Caring for drug-addicted babies.
- Weatherizing homes for the
- Educating youth about environmental
In the 2009-10 academic year 891 students participated in Campus Y programs. The volunteers provided 46,176 hours of service to 10,780 people locally, nationally, and internationally. The estimated impact of these service programs was $962,769. Campus Y programs, which develop student leadership, are directed at such issues as literacy, social justice, and intercultural exchange.
Since its establishment, the
George Warren Brown School of Social Work has worked closely
with social agencies in the area and the region. Each social work
student gains hands-on experience through at least 1,000 hours of
field work, choosing from practicum sites throughout the metropolitan
School of Medicine students,
as well as attending physicians, volunteer for the Saturday Neighborhood
Health Center, a clinic for people who lack insurance and have limited
access to health care. Students also work with chronically ill children
and their families through the Pediatric Outreach Program. First-year
students have banded together to offer CPR training to residents
of the neighboring community through Community CPR.
Washington University Law assists
in providing services to people who could not otherwise afford legal
help through its Civil Justice Clinic, Civil Rights and Community
Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, Interdisciplinary Environmental
Clinic, and five other clinics. In addition, more than 190 law students
work part- or full-time at offices committed to providing
legal services to the indigent. The law
school's Public Service Project matches students interested in volunteering
for community service with more than 50 nonprofit organizations,
governmental agencies, and public interest law firms.
Through Service First,
about 1,200 Washington University students helped clean, update,
and renovate 12 St. Louis
public schools in September 2010.
"Into the Streets" introduces
more than 300 students each year to a day of community service at
agencies like Annie Malone Children's Home, Gateway Greening Inc.,
St. Louis Effort for AIDS, and the St. Louis Abused Women's Support
Resources for Nonprofit Agencies
Nonprofit organizations can receive
advice on business management issues through the Taylor Community
Consulting Program offered by the Olin School of Business.
Active Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff also serve on
many civic, educational, and cultural organizational boards, including
- Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association, St. Louis Chapter
- American Youth Foundation
- ARCHS-Area Resources for
Community and Human Services
- Arthritis Foundation-Eastern
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- Childhaven Inc.
- Children's Home Society of
- Cinema St. Louis
- Citizens for Modern Transit
- City Center Redevelopment Corporation
- City Faces
- Clayton Chamber of Commerce
- CoLibri Housing Cooperative
- College School of Webster Groves
- Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
- Dance St. Louis
- Danforth Plant Science Center
- Desegregation Task Force
- Edgewood Children's Center
- Family Support Council
- Fathers' Support Center
- Girls Incorporated of St.
- Grand Center Inc.
- Justine Petersen Housing &
- Komen St. Louis
- La Clinica
- Life Crisis, Inc.
- Magic House/St. Louis Children's Museum
- MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries Inc.
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Missouri Foundation for Health
- Missouri Safe Drinking Water
- Missouri SAVE Coalition
- Municipal Theatre Association
of St. Louis
- Nature Conservancy of Missouri
- Nidus Center for Scientific
- Parkinson's Disease Association
- Planned Parenthood of the
St. Louis Region
- Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children
- Saint Louis Art Museum
- Saint Louis Symphony Society
- St. Louis Children's Hospital
- St. Louis City Planning & Urban Design Agency
- St. Louis ConnectCare
- St. Louis Regional Chamber
& Growth Association
- St. Louis Science Center
- St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts
- Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
- United Way of Greater St.
- Woman's Exchange of St. Louis
- Young Audiences of St. Louis
Cooperation with the Zoo,
Garden, and University of Missouri-St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis
works closely with the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden,
and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Faculty and graduate students
assist with major scientific efforts at the zoo and the garden.
In addition, the director of the garden, Peter Raven, holds an appointment
as the George Engelmann Professor of Botany in Arts & Sciences at
the University. Washington University has joined UM-St. Louis in
two important programs: providing nontraditional students opportunities
to study engineering, and establishing the Joint Center for East
Asian Studies to promote and coordinate the study of East Asia in
the St. Louis area.
Wildlife and Environmental
The University makes strong contributions
in the area of wildlife research and conservation. Tyson Research
Center, a 2,000-acre field station, affords numerous opportunities
for research, environmental studies, preservation, and education.
In addition, Tyson is host to the Wild Canid Survival and Research
Center; Tyson also continues
to share some of its facilities with the World Bird Sanctuary. Tyson
has a weather station and monitors acid rain as part of the
National Atmospheric and Deposition Program.
Giving to the Community
Washington University faculty
and staff contribute generously each year during drives for the
United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Arts and Education Council
of Greater St. Louis.
of St. Louis
In the late 1970s the University
embarked upon a national identity program that displays a strong
commitment to the St. Louis region: "Washington University
in St. Louis" is now one of the most recognizable names among
colleges and universities nationwide. When the Web emerged as a
global communications medium, we adopted the Web name "wustl"
in recognition of our St. Louis ties. (Our full Web address is www.wustl.edu.)
Another significant commitment
to the St. Louis community is Washington University's publication
and distribution of Seeing St. Louis, a visitor's guidebook
that has enjoyed national distribution and sales. This critically
praised book led the University to produce a second volume for national
distribution, Seeing Beyond St. Louis, that charts day trips
from St. Louis in all directions within 100 miles.