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 GSU we have experiential learning opportunities through Civic Engagement 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.



  • The Service & Leadership Seminar


     FSL Group pic at DuSable

    The Service and Leadership Seminar is a week long experiential learning opportunity for incoming freshmen and new transfer students at Governors State University.  The seminar will be held prior to the start of the 2018 fall semester, August 20 through the 24th. Students will be provided an opportunity to learn about community service, leadership, and self-awareness.  The seminar encompasses community service projects, workshops, speakers, and interaction with current campus leaders.  Students are immersed in an array of activities that enables participants to discover how they can help create positive, sustainable change on Governors State University’s campus.

    Registration opens soon.

    For more information, contact Student Life 708.235.7362 or for questions.


  • GSU Votes


     Your Vote Matters

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

    In an open letter to the community, President Maimon urged students to “Make sure that you are registered to vote and that you take your civic responsibilities seriously.”

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


    To Register to vote Online Click: Illinois online voter link


    GSU Rocks The Vote!

    If you desire a personal touch, Student Senate members are also available to register you to vote through their GSU Rocks the Vote campaign. Our Student Senate members are deputy registrars and can register anyone residing in the state of Illinois, no matter what county you reside in! To register, stop by the Student Senate office located in A2134  in the A-Wing, or register during any of the GSU Rock's The Vote campaigns on campus.

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    Times/Locations To Register to Vote on campus :

    Student Senate Office, Room A2134 from 2:00pm-4:00pm 

      GSU Rocks The Vote days will be announced soon. Check back when the Fall semester begins!

    Through out work with Illinois Campus Compact the Civic Engagement and Community Service Center is the recipient of the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP). The grant supports GSU's implementation of campis-wide strategic and comprehensive approach to election engagement.


     GSU Voter Registrars
    Dr. Sheree Y. Sanderson
    Assistant Dean of Students
    Office: A2104


    Justin Smith
    Derrick Brown
    Lester Van Moody
    Cariesha C. Singleton
    Trauvell Crawford
    Chicarin W. Mallett
    Adrian McCaskill
    Juan Gutierrez
    Linda Coleman
    Akya Gossitt





  • 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.



  • Civic Reflection Fellows Project



    Civic Reflection Pilot Project --The Project on Civic Reflection and ILCC was a one-year pilot project, funded by the McCormick Foundation, designed to deepen student reflection in service learning and build the capacity of faculty and staff to deliver effective reflection discussion. Six students from Governors State University participated with three other schools; University of Chicago, Truman College and the School of Psychology.

    Students attended facilitation training and collaborated with other participants to lead community and campus discussions.  The GSU Civic Reflection Team will lead the campus discussion on Community Service/Service-Learning.


    GSU's Civic Reflection Team
    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 Fellows facilitate discussion groups for clubs and organizations, to participate contact Sheree Sanderson at



  • Relay for Life


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     Relay for Life is an exciting program that celebrates those in the Fight against Cancer. Relay for Life is described as...:

    • Organized, overnight, community fundraising walk
    • Teams of people camp out around a track
    • Members of each team take turns walking around the track
    • Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
    • Family-friendly environment for the community

    Because it's a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it's so much fun, you'll find it hard to leave!

    GSU Relay for Life 2017  

    April 29, 2017  

    10:00 am- 10:00 pm  

    Hall of Governors

    Relay for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. For more information visit the site below.

     Relay for Life Website










  • President's Volunteer Service Award



    Governors State University participates in the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment.The award is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families, and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months.

    GSU has teamed with hundreds of organizations and businesses across the country to deliver this award to our most outstanding volunteers. As a certifying organization of the PVSA, you can nominate potential recipients and distribute the award to those who meet or exceed the award criteria. Click on the link to complete the Volunteer Hours Verification Form and return it to the address listed on the form.

    Children, adults, families and groups are eligible to receive the award. To qualify for the PVSA, volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to GSU. We will verify the service and deliver the award.

    To learn more and find out how to qualify for the award, please contact Sheree Sanderson, Award Administrator at or 708.534.4552708.534.4552; or visit 

    Award Levels

    There are three levels of the award varying by hours of service completed within a 12-month period.

    Children: Ages 14 and younger

    • Bronze Award 50–74 hours
    • Silver Award 75–99 hours
    • Gold Award 100 or more hours

    Young Adults: Ages 15–25

    • Bronze Award 100–174 hours
    • Silver Award 175–249 hours
    • Gold Award 250 or more hours

    Adults: Ages 26 and up

    • Bronze Award 100–249 hours
    • Silver Award 250–499 hours
    • Gold Award 500 or more hours

    Families and Groups (two or more people)*

    • Bronze Award 200–499 hours
    • Silver Award 500–999 hours
    • Gold Award 1,000 or more hours

    *Each member contributing at least 25 hours towards the total.



Civic Engagement Blog

Check out the Civic Engagement and Community Service Center's Blog for updates on their many programs and events.

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