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.

  • In the Classroom


    The Civic Engagement Community Service Center is currently working with faculty teaching the ENGL 1010, Writing Studies II to integrate service learning within their curriculum.  Through this initiative, GSU students will participate in the High Impact Practices (HIP) in their first year.  CECSC will help faculty create a focused project aimed at adding the HIP of Service Learning to a first-year course required of all first-year students.   


    CECSC is available to assist other disciplines in creating a meaningful service project to be included within the curriculum.  Please visit Faculty Resources on our website for helpful information on service learning and creating your syllabi. 

      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