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.

Our new 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 Fall 2014 Meetings

First Meeting: September 10th, 2014
Time: Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Biweekly Meetings)
Located: DuSable Room 176

Events and Activities

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

  • Deaf Awareness Week: Join us during November 2nd-8th for our Deaf Awareness Week, 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.
  • Sign Sync: A fun event where anyone can participate in or just watch songs performed in sign language! Sign Sync will be held during Deaf Awareness Week.
  • 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 niudeafpride@gmail.com.

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

For More Information

Mary Kocsis, Deaf Pride Faculty Advisor
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 323
Phone: 815-753-1484
E-mail: mkocsis@niu.edu