On October 23, 2011, Northern Illinois University students participated in the Sondra King Memorial CROP Hunger Walk, a community event that raises money for national and local hunger awareness programs. Ten students walked in the event and 22 students donated money to the cause.
During the week of November 14, 2011, NIU partnered with Kishwaukee Community College to provide programming that raised awareness about homelessness and hunger. Seventy nine students, from both the university and community college, participated in events that raised awareness and demonstrated the struggles faced by people in poverty.
As of December 12, 2011, NIU students have collected 20 grocery bags of canned goods and $180.00 to support Feed 'Em Soup's efforts.
6,850 students have signed the The Northern PACT during the fall 2011 semester.
Dialogue on Diversity sessions have been attended by 123 Community Advisors and 279 other students for a total attendance of 402 students.
The Journeys of Spirituality & Meaning Floor began its inaugural year with 47 students residing in Grant Towers B, 7th Floor. Of the students residing on the floor, 25 signed up voluntarily because of the theme: desire to live their spirituality while engaging others in conversations about multi-faith commonalities.
The Campus Common Reading experience of This I Believe II has had 755 student participants during the fall semester of 2011.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, 66 students served dinner to the residents of Hope Haven; 51 students volunteered at Feed ‘Em Soup; 87 students participated with Feed My Starving Children; 16 students helped at The Northern Illinois Food Bank; 12 students delivered meals for Meals on Wheels; 4 students helped at The Salvation Army Food Pantry; 33 students participated in the St. Vincent DePaul Food Drive; 10 students went on an Alternative Spring Break.