Student Organizations

Deaf Pride

Deaf Pride is a student organization that celebrates and promotes Deaf culture and awareness on campus. Deaf Pride is a fun group that has members who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, hearing, students enrolled in ASL and interpreting classes, and people who are interested in Deaf culture, awareness, and American Sign Language.

You do not need to have any prior knowledge of sign language to join!

Our mission statement is:

“Bridging the gap between Deaf and hearing…step into a world of cultural equality”

…and we really hope we serve that purpose!

Deaf Pride is recognized by the NIU Student Association and is open to all members of the Northern Illinois University Community.

Deaf Pride Spring 2016 Meetings:

Meeting Dates and Times (Biweekly):
Wednesdays at 9:00PM – 9:30PM in Wirtz 101 (Auditorium) for the following dates:
February 10, February 24, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20, and May 4

Deaf Pride would like to offer a FREE ASL class right before our meetings.
Time: 8:00PM – 8:45PM (Biweekly)
Location: Wirtz 318

Major Upcoming Events:

SIGN SYNC will be held on April 28th from 9:00PM – 10:30PM in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Sign Sync is a fun event where anyone can participate in or just watch songs performed in sign language!

Other Events and Activities:

Here are some examples of the events and activities Deaf Pride participates in:

  • Deaf Awareness Week : Deaf Awareness Week is the first full week of November, where we have a fun and interesting week full of events and activities about Deaf culture and awareness each day of the week.
  • Deaf Coffee Chats : Depending on the location, join members of the community who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, hearing, and students learning ASL for a fun hangout and conversation. This is a great way to learn and/or improve your sign language skills! Follow the link to see the times, dates, and locations of Deaf Coffee Chats near you.
  • Silent Meals : Together, we go to various restaurants around campus and the community and just hangout and eat, BUT we can only sign to each other—we cannot physically talk to one another.
  • Volunteering : Deaf Pride volunteers its time to various places throughout our community. In the past, we participated in Rake Across DeKalb, NIU Cares Days, teaching adults and students sign language, etc. Come to our meetings to learn more about volunteering opportunities.

Connect With Us:

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please email us at

Join us on our Facebook Group or follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

Deaf Pride Faculty Advisors:

Natalie Maurin Koop, M.A., CRC, LPC
Clinical Assistant Professor
359 Wirtz Hall
Phone: 815-753-6333

Taylor Hartman, M.A., CRC
FLSL Program Coordinator and Instructor
325 Watson Hall