Community Engagement

Helping educate the next generation of female leaders

By Public Affairs on June 30, 2016 in Community Engagement, Science, STEM

As a community college student in Pittsburgh, Tasha Jordan, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, was frequently the only African American and the only woman in her advanced math and science classes. “I wasn’t supposed to like math because I was a black girl, but I would dream...

K-12 Ambassadors partnered with the Ferguson Florissant School District to host a STEM Day for students at Airport Elementary.

Connecting K-12 students to college

By myralopez on April 4, 2016 in Community Engagement, Science

For Laura Motard, a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, volunteering has always been an important part of her life. When she arrived at the university, she wasted no time in connecting that passion to the needs in her new community. As a freshman, Motard join...

Engaging students in exploration

By gbarajas on March 7, 2016 in Community Engagement, Educator Resources, MySci, Science

His fans call him Mr. Roco, and he may be the most famous member of the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) team at Washington University. Each week Mr. Roco visits local schools with the MySci Investigation Station, where he is often met with screams from his adoring, or slightly terrified, f...

Heroes and monsters: experiencing the classics

By gbarajas on March 7, 2016 in Charter Schools, Community Engagement

For many professors at Washington University in St. Louis, the passion they have for their area of study started at a young age. A simple experience along the way caught their interest, and that interest stuck. Professor Timothy Moore in the Classics Department in the School of Arts & Science...

A novel approach to engineering

By gbarajas on February 29, 2016 in Community Engagement, Educator Resources, Engineering, STEM

A voice crackles over the intercom, calling for the attention of all engineers in the building. However, the listening ears belong, not to adults, but to the students of Bermuda Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The students at Bermuda were about to participate in the first o...

WashU undergrads teach local biology students

By gbarajas on November 30, 2015 in Community Engagement, Science

On Saturday, November 30, the lower level classrooms in Bauer Hall at Washington University were alive with activity. High school students raced from one side of a classroom to catch a falling balloon before it touched the ground, while next-door, students showed off their best dance moves. Howev...

Answering the call

By gbarajas on November 4, 2015 in Community Engagement, Faculty & Staff

In a brightly lit forum of the Brown School’s new Hillman Hall, a collection of Washington University leaders addressed the recent calls to action made by the Ferguson Commission. In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon formed the Commission to take an honest assessment of ...