Director of Public Affairs

Director of Public Affairs

Ari Owens

Campus Life Building Suite 180Q
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-9922
Office Hours: 
Mon, Wed, & Thurs 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Tues 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Fri 2:00PM - 4:00PM

My name is Ariel Owens, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be serving as the Director of Public Affairs for the 2015-2016 academic year! I am an English major with a Women's and Gender studies minor. Upon graduation, I plan to secure a position as a Graduate Residence Hall Director while working towards my Master's degree in Education. I am an aspiring English teacher who is ultimately striving to serve in an administrative role within the education system.

The opportunities that NIU has provided me with are ones that have exceeded all of my expectations. I have served in leadership roles, or been a member, in the following departments and organizations: Housing and Dining, The Northern Star, National Association of Black Journalists, NIU Educator's Club, United by Diversity, and First-Year Composition. All of the above experiences have taught me something unique about myself and others as well as prepared me for my role as the Director of Public Affairs.

Some highlights from my time here at NIU include mentoring freshmen students as a Community Advisor, being awarded "Public Relations Officer of the Year," and being awarded "Strategy of the Year" for coordinating and hosting "Survivors Find Freedom", an event that raised awareness for victim-survivors of sexual assault.

I take great pride in my personal brand; diversity and advocacy are defining pillars of my beliefs. The SA's agenda resembles many of my own personal philosophies which will make my role to maintain the SA's image incredibly enjoyable. Aside from publicity, I look forward to being a part of efforts to sustain the national "It's On Us" campaign against sexual assault on our campus.

While nothing worthwhile is ever easy, I could not be more excited to serve as the Director of Public Affairs during my final academic year at NIU. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. As always, Huskies are stronger together.

Ari Owens