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.

  • American Democracy Project


    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.



  • Homework Project


    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 learn more about the program contact Neel Rana at 708.235.7454 or email


  • Civic Reflection Pilot Project


    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 to learn more.  


  • Civic Reflection Team



    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