Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington University in St. Louis
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.03 / 5.00 Cassandra Hage
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement previously tracked metrics on student and employee volunteerism, but no longer does so.

As a result of COVID, the university stopped all in-person volunteer programs.

The data provided for # of students who volunteered is based on the WashU PULSE survey, which included questions like: Have you volunteered in the community (not as part of a course) during your time at WashU. About 1200 students responded to the survey; 46% reported having volunteered in the community while at WashU.

WashU has many resources to support community-engaged teaching and student volunteerism. Numerous student groups offer volunteer opportunities. The Gephardt Institute trains students and faculty on creating meaningful engagements with community partners and provides pathways for responsible interactions with the community. The Campus Y typically facilitates nearly 600 students volunteering over 20,000 hours a year. In FY21, because of COVID restrictions, Campus Y only hosted 17 programs with a total of 236 students involved with 8,730 hours tracked, as they were not permitted to program in person.

WashU recently published a report on its contributions to the regional economy and the community's prosperity: https://source.wustl.edu/2022/03/university-contributed-2-9b-to-local-economy-in-fiscal-2021-led-fight-against-covid-19/

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