McGovern Legacy Projects

George and Eleanor McGovern were both actively involved in hunger relief and George McGovern dedicated a large portion of his political career toward humanitarian and hunger relief worldwide. As a U.S. Senator in the ’60s and through the early ’70s, he led the way in expanding key nutrition programs while serving in the agriculture, nutrition, forestry and foreign relations committees. He was appointed the first ambassador for the Food for Peace program in the ’60s and President Bill Clinton’s appointment as ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization in 1998.

Dakota Wesleyan University, through the McGovern Center, strives to carry on McGovern’s legacy through its Humanitarian and Hunger programs.

McGovern served in World War II as a combat bomber pilot, returning home to South Dakota to teach. He went on to revitalize South Dakota’s Democratic Party, serving in the U.S. Senate and later as the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee. His love for country, government and service are mirrored in DWU’s many service clubs, service and mission trips, student organizations and the 129-year-old motto of “Sacrifice or Service.”

Through the McGovern Center, DWU offers several opportunities for students and community members to engage in the world, as well as their local government. Learn more in Policy and Politics.
Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
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