McGovern Center for Leadership & Public Service
The vision of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service is to improve lives through education and service to others. We actively pursue this vision by offering academic and co-curricular programming that align with the McGovern philosophy of humanitarian outreach, political activism, and leadership.
The center is named in honor of two of Dakota Wesleyan University’s most prominent alumni, George and Eleanor McGovern. Sen. George McGovern distinguished himself as a pilot during World War II, a former congressman and senator who ran as his party’s nominee for president in 1972, and as a United Nations Ambassador who fought to end world hunger.
The academic program prepares some of Dakota Wesleyan's best students for careers in public service through selected coursework, leadership seminars, service-learning projects, research and internships that lead to a major or minor in leadership and public service. Interns are placed with federal, state, local and foreign government, private nonprofit agencies, church mission programs, and other prominent organizations committed to advancing public good. Experiential learning projects are a highlight of the PSL experience, allowing students to connect course content to meaningful and beneficial service projects in our local, regional and global communities. Exceptional students in any program of study offered by the university are encouraged to consider a minor in leadership and public service.
Other center programs include the annual McGovern Leadership Conference, international service abroad experiences for students, staff, faculty, alumni and DWU supporters, and an annual debate series. All McGovern Center programming is intentionally designed and delivered to leave a positive impact on our communities by engaging people in collaborative service and learning.
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