Service Programs

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Service Programs

NIU offers several programs for students to get involved in the community through service and civic engagement.  Check out the options below to find out how you can get involved with NIU and the surrounding community: 

The Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning provides students with several opportunities to get involved in the community.  The Huskie Service Scholars program pairs upper-classmen with first-generation or low-income students entering NIU for the first time.  These students will work to complete 300 hours of community service and will receive $1,132 in tuition. Civic Reflection (CR) helps NIU students, faculty, and staff come together to discuss and relate a piece of literature or media to their civic engagement experiences. First generation Aspire to Succeed Together (FAST) is the NIU student committee that assists the AmeriCorps VISTA on ensuring the success of first-generation college students at NIU.

In addition, NIU offers several other opportunities to get involved in the community through service and civic engagement.  The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development (SILD) provides students with several opportunities to become more actively engaged both on and off campus.  NIU also provides opportunities for undergraduate students to pick majors with a focus on service and civic engagement through departments like the Center for NGO and Leadership Development (NGOLD) and Geology and Environmental Geosciences.  At NIU, the opportunities to get involved in service and civic engagement are endless!