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.

  • High School Collaborative Project


    GSU is currently working with community high schools to create the High School Collaborative Project (HSCP).  The HSCP is designed to make a difference in communities and help students advance along the academic continuum.  The program provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge, social responsibility, and practical skills. HSCP works with high school students through interaction, exploration, and mentoring to develop cognitive understanding of the collegiate experience. The co-curricular program will be offered on the campus of Crete-Monee High School students.

    The following areas will be covered in the program:

                  Mastering College                     

     ·         Life Choices/ Mentoring Generating Hope Club 

     ·         Who am I? .Be proud of your roots and culture. Find Purpose. 

     ·         Financial Literacy: Financial Aid for the Aspiring College Student   

     ·         Career Services 

              Holistic Health: ·        

                 GSU Rocks the Vote!/Political Engagement                                     

     ·         Exploration/Field Day 


      To learn more about the program contact Sheree Sanderson at 708-534-4552 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