To support those on campus from diverse backgrounds multiple resources are available including:
Asian American Center (http://www.niu.edu/aac/): The Asian American Center provides student-centered services, student learning opportunities, leadership development, student organizational advisement, and educational/cultural programs in order to enhance the quality of college life for Asian American students as they reach their academic goals.
Center for Black Studies (http://www.cbs.niu.edu/blackstudies/): The Center for Black Studies is a place where students can go to for advisement, information to academic and professional resources and networking. The Center also researches, collects and analyzes data on all aspects of the African experience on the Continent and in the Diaspora. CBS also serves as an interdisciplinary academic program that offers courses relating to African and African-American life and history.
Latino Resource Center (http://www.niu.edu/lrc/): The Latino Resource Center (LRC) focuses on student-centered service by developing partnerships focused on student learning while establishing an inclusive community that builds collaborative relationships across campus and surrounding community. The Center offers various services including mentoring and tutoring programs as well as a computer lab, study/library area, student lounge, and wireless internet connection.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center (http://www.niu.edu/lgbt/resourcecenter/index.shtml): The LGBT Resource Center is a place where LGBTQ individuals can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about LGBTQ identity and culture. The center provides support services, educational programs, advocacy and opportunities for leadership develop.
Women’s Resource Center (http://www.niu.edu/women/index.shtml): The Women’s Resource Center is a place for all students and is dedicated to gender equity and enhancement of the campus climate for women through advocacy, personal and professional development, and social justice programming. The WRC offers short-term counseling to individuals about their academic progress, careers, personal development, and other special concerns as well as support groups, information and referral, issues regarding workplace disputes, and issues involving sexual harassment.
The Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources, Human Resource Services (http://www.hr.niu.edu/ServiceAreas/DiversityResources/Index.cfm). Any student who experiences and/or witnesses possible acts of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation has the right to report this activity to the Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources. All complaints and/or allegations of discrimination will be examined in a reasonable, objective, confidential, and expedient manner, and in accordance with applicable federal and state employment laws. This office also offers alternatives to filing a complaint: Mediation and Confidential Counseling.