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


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    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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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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