About Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. Student's recognize themselves as a member of a larger social fabric and are empowered to make informed judgements, take action and shape the community.

At GovState we have experiential learning opportunities through Civic Engagement and Intercultural Education programs to help you develop a deeper understanding and interest in what it means to be truly engaged in your community – wherever you come from or go to after graduation. You’ll develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of how you can create social change.


GovState Votes

Online voter registration resources for Governors State University students and community members.

Ensuring that every member of our community votes is central to GovState’s mission to serve as a vigorous public square by promoting active and engaged citizenship in its students and the regional community.

Fall 2024 Civic Learning Opportunities at GovState

National Voter Registration Day
September 17, 2024

National Voter Registration Day ensures every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote, creating broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. According to U.S. Census data from 2020, almost 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans are unable to vote because they missed a registration deadline, did not update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register.

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National Voter Education Week
October 7 – 11, 2024

National Voter Education Week (NVEW) is an open-source, nonpartisan voter education campaign held annually during the first week of October. Voters are equipped with tools and information they need to cast their ballots, serve as a resource hub for leaders of any community and context who want to make their voices heard. This is a week of interactive education where voters learn to find their polling location, understand their ballot, make a plan to vote in person or by mail, and more.

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Vote Early Day
October 29th, 2024

VOTE Early Day is a nonpartisan movement of media companies, businesses, nonprofits, election administrators, and creatives working to ensure all Americans have the tools to vote early.

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Election Dates for Illinois Voters

  • • General Election Day: November 5, 2024
  • • General Election Ballots Mailed: September 26, 2024
  • • General Election In-Person Early Voting Opens: September 26, 2024