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Service Learning is an integral part of a student's educational experience at Governors State University.

Governors State University serves a comparatively economically challenged area - the Chicago southland region. Thus, the mission of the university, in part, is to promote the social and economic development of its service region.

The university does this through an array of academic programs, community outreach efforts and by delivering higher education to underserved and under-represented populations. We believe that it is important to educate citizens to help others.

  • Homework Project

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    CECSC is currently working with the community schools to create the Homework Project.  The Homework Project is designed to make a difference in communities and help students advance along the academic continuum while developing GSU students' civic and workforce skills.  The program works with teachers and elementary students to assist with homework and social skills as an after school program.  

    The program will accept 15 to 20 volunteers who are interested in mentoring and assisting children. 

    Homework Project Program Goals:

    • Help disadvantaged youth succeed and advance along the academic continuum
    • Develop members’ and students' civic skills, attitudes and habits 
    • Improve members’ and students' workforce skills

    To apply click https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GSUHomeworkClub

      To learn more about the program contact Taneisha Palmer at 708.235.7454 or email civicengagement@govst.edu.

       

    • American Democracy Project

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      GSU works with the American Democracy Project an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in partnership with The New York Times. Faculty participated in  the New York Times as part of their curriculum delivery to infuse civic engagement. 

      We are committed to delivering social and civic responsibility within the core of our curriculum to create active and engaged citizens.  American Democracy Project offers resources and opportunities to assist with creating avenues for civic participation.

      We take our role as a beacon for the community very seriously, through nurturing partnerships with community organizations, and promoting faculty and student civic engagement.

       

       

    • Civic Reflection Pilot Project

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      GSU recently participated in The Project on Civic Reflection and ILCC which was a one-year pilot project, funded by the McCormick Foundation, that is designed to deepen student reflection in service learning and build the capacity of faculty and staff to deliver effective reflection discussion. 

      Students facilitate campus discussions to create meaningful discussion on social issues and responsibility.  Students worked with faculty to present to classes and student clubs and organizations.

      Contact civicengagement@govst.edu to learn more.  

       

    • Civic Reflection Team

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      Civic Reflection Fellows
      Darryl K. Cooke, Student
      Brittani Barnett, Student
      Christopher Cook, Student
      Nikki Dailey, Student 
      Deidre Vargas, Student
      Dr. Lorri Glass, Faculty
      Dr. Phyllis West, Faculty
      Sheree Sanderson, Assistant Dean of Students 

       

       Civic Reflection Team  

      Larry Levinson, Ph.D.
      Academic Coordinator of Political and Justice Studies   

       Lorrie Glass, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Social Work Program Coordinator

      Sheree Sanderson
      Assistant Dean of Students