The Office of Government & Community Relations at Washington University in St. Louis serves as the nexus for university relationships with governmental officials, neighborhood associations, as well as civic leaders and organizations.

St. Louis

From working with local, state and federal representatives to connecting community members to appropriate university resources, the staff of the Office of Government & Community Relations promotes positive university engagement with its various constituencies.

We welcome you to explore the site to learn more about how the university is engaged in the community and how to connect with us in a meaningful way.

Please contact Ellie Spitzfaden at 314-935-5752 if you have any questions.

A Commitment to St. Louis

At Washington University in St. Louis, we are “in St. Louis, for St. Louis.” Our university provides good jobs, invests in construction, delivers world-class medical care, offers an exceptional education to talented students regardless of their ability to pay and conducts vital research that benefits us all. We are proud to partner with school districts and other civic organizations to meet our region’s biggest challenges.

Learn more​ about Washington University’s Economic Impact on the St. Louis Region.

Neighbor News Archive

Neighbor News is a digital newsletter published by the Office of Government and Community Relations as part of the university’s commitment to share information with the communities neighboring the Danforth Campus. Click below to see previous issues. To join our mailing list, click here.

Recent News

2023 Top 10 Colleges for Financial Aid

With college affordability now the No. 1 concern among students and their families, a new ranking determines which schools are giving out the most financial aid to offset the cost. Washington University in St. Louis claimed the top spot.

A new era for adult education at WashU

The new School of Continuing & Professional Studies has freedom and flexibility to better focus on the needs of St. Louisans.

African American Studies Teachers Summer Institute connects high school teachers to WashU experts, resources

From July 17 to July 21, the African American Studies Teachers Summer Institute hosted a free one-week seminar designed to connect high school teachers from the region’s public, private and charter schools to experts and resources in St. Louis Black history and culture.

High school students introduced to campus life at Rural Scholars Academy

Academy part of effort to better recruit and support rural students

‘An amazing experience’: College Prep Program’s 10th cohort looks to future

WashU’s College Prep Program is a free, immersive experience that prepares talented local high school students for college. This summer, scholars spent two weeks in workshops and undergraduate coursework ranging from science experiments to poetry.