Office of the Vice-President

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Office of the Vice President

A message from Vice President Raquel Chavez:

It is with great pleasure that I will humbly assume the position of your Student Association Vice President for the 2014-2015 academic school year.  I am confident that the extensive experiences, involvement qualifications, and network that I have been fortunate enough to build throughout the past three years here at NIU have thoroughly prepared me to uphold the vital role of facilitating our 300+ student organizations, creating campus-wide events that foster opportunities for student involvement and collaboration, and perhaps the most important aspect of all:  Being the voice for the students of Northern Illinois University. 

With the changes that our institution has been through and will be undergoing this year and in years to come, it is important that the student body is still recognized, uplifted, and strengthened.  I am incredibly excited to work with students, faculty and staff, and the NIU administration to help build and maintain strong relationships between all groups and fortify the student voice, as well as help students find or create their niche on campus. Involvement is something that I am very passionate about and I know the power it has in the creation of student and future leaders. With that being said, this year, I will be urging the utilization of the COLLEGIATE LINK program for informative, collaborative, and student organization promotional purposes. I will also be working with different departments to help make student organizations - old and new- more robust by affiliating them with some sort of relevant social justice mission. Strengthening the reach of our NIU student population is something that must happen in order to keep pace with the evolving future of our university and our world. It is important that students gain worthwhile experiences that can be applicable to their post-graduate lives, and it is my hope that I will be able to make that happen while serving in this capacity.

I am genuinely committed to making NIU student involvement a more fluid and enjoyable experience. I will be working with the rest of the Student Association, and in particular the Executive Cabinet, to bring all of my aforementioned statements to tangible fruition. I vow to serve the university and student body with integrity, openness in communication, and full compliance and willingness to collaborate. I will be sure to make myself readily available to anyone who has inquiries, problems, or is simply seeking guidance with anything, especially with things concerning student involvement.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at or stop by the office! I am here to help and advance the student body of Northern Illinois University.  I look forward to a great school year. GO HUSKIES!

Thank you,

Raquel V. Chavez