Welcome to the McGovern Center
The McGovern Center is the living legacy of Sen. George and Eleanor McGovern, two of Dakota Wesleyan’s most prominent alumni. Building on George and Eleanor’s lifelong commitment to humanitarian outreach and civic engagement, the McGovern Center works in four key areas.
Ethical Leadership Development: We seek to develop students' understanding of civic responsibility and the common good in order to nurture qualities that result in the flourishing of the communities in which they live.
Social Justice: We foster dialogue that encourages students to consider the ethical and social dimensions of education, health and nutrition, affordable housing, criminal justice, and many other areas.
Public Service: At heart, the McGovern Center is about learning to serve others in meaningful ways through hard work and humility, creativity and compassion.
Community-Based Research and Learning: We encourage and design learning experiences in which students become engaged in our community. Learning is a deeply social process. Through experiences of community engagement, we develop educated persons whose knowledge includes experience in and willingness to socially engage for the public good.
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McGovern Report Podcast
The McGovern Report is by Joel Allen and is the voice of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University. The McGovern Center is the living legacy of Sen. George and Eleanor McGovern, two of Dakota Wesleyan’s most prominent alumni. The McGovern Center builds on George and Eleanor’s lifelong commitment to humanitarian outreach and civic engagement working in the areas of leadership development, social justice, community-based research and learning and public service.
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