St. Louis Policy Initiative Conference

Join us for the St. Louis Policy Initiative Conference.

The event will be held on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center, Classroom 340

The event will bring together academics and practitioners to discuss public policy in the St. Louis Region. Objectives will include discussing public policy challenges and opportunities, introducing new tools for research and teaching, and facilitating research collaborations between academics and community partners, all with a focus on the St. Louis region. 

Conference schedule:

Breakfast Buffet (7:00-8:45am): Main Dining Hall

Opening Remarks: 8:45-9:00am

Session #1 Public Policy STL (9:00am-10:15am): A roundtable discussion of public policy challenges and opportunities in St. Louis.

Panelists include:

  • Heather Navarro, Midwest Climate Collaborative
  • Darrell Hudson, Washington University, CRE2
  • Nahuel Fefer, Community Development Administration, City of St. Louis

Morning Break (10:15-10:25am)

Session #2 Research STL (10:25-11:40am): Introducing the St. Louis Policy Data Dashboard and Regional Survey with breakout session.

Panelists include:

  • Matt Gabel, Washington University, Political Science
  • Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, Washington University, Sociology
  • Scott Krummenacher, Washington University, Environmental Studies
  • Andrew Reeves, Washington University, Political Science 

Lunch (11:45am-1:00pm): Main Dining Hall

Session #3 Teaching STL (1:00pm-2:15pm): Teaching St. Louis: Best practices and ideas around integrating the St. Louis Region into the classroom.

Panelists include:

  • Froggi Van Riper, Washington University, Environmental Studies
  • Griffin Knipp, Washington University, Environmental Studies
  • Leah Sweetman, St. Louis University, Center for Global Citizenship
  • Rob Wilson, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Education 
  • Odesa Weatherford-Jacobs, Harris-Stowe State University, Educational Studies 

Afternoon Break (2:15-2:25pm)

Session #4 Collaborate STL (2:25pm-3:40pm): Collaborate St. Louis: The Promise of Partnerships.

Panelists include:

  • Mandy La Brier, Heartland Center for Environmental Justice, EPA Region 7 TCTAC
  • Karisa Gilman-Hernandez, Dutchtown South Community Corporation
  • Matt Gabel, Washington University, Political Science
  • Scott Krummenacher, Washington University, Environmental Studies

STLPI Happy Hour (4:00-5:30 PM): Knight Center Pub (4th Floor)

Parking Information:

For those of you who hare not Wash U staff or faculty, the closest parking option are the VISITOR designated spaces in the Millbrook Garage (see website below w/directions). If you can't find spaces in the Millbrook Garage, you can park in the VISITOR designated spaces in the Snow Way Garage (see website below w/directions). Please keep your parking ticket upon entry as you will need it for exit. Parking validations for the garages will be available upon request.


This event is by invitation only.

List of attendees and affiliations.