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NIU strives to create an environment that celebrates diversity in order to prepare students to join a global workforce as well as to enrich the lives of all who live, study and work here. The Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is focused on helping NIU's diverse student population succeed in their educational goals, find supportive communities and graduate with the skills and experience needed to coexist with people from all backgrounds.

Here you can learn about the goals of our office, explore NIU's many diverse programs and initiatives, find your community and learn what resources are available to you. We are here to help you, so feel free to reach out with questions or comments.

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NIU Statement on Freedom of Expression
Northern Illinois University is committed to freedom of expression, ensuring that all members of the university community have the broad latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn. NIU values all individuals and their rights, and encourages meaningful dialogue and a respectful exchange of ideas and opinions so that the voices of every student, faculty, staff and visitor to our campus can be acknowledged.

When members of the university community or the public choose to express their thoughts and opinions – be that through words, peaceful actions or visuals – all should expect some form of opposing views. The role of university administration is not to weigh in on the varying perspectives, but rather to foster an environment in which differences can be explored, ideas challenged and society advanced. These points and counterpoints might be contrary to public opinion and NIU’s values of civility, collegiality, diversity and inclusiveness, but our First Amendment protects virtually all speech, no matter how unorthodox, offensive or distasteful.

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Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
Altgeld Hall 215

815-753-8387
equity@niu.edu