NIU Conference for Young Women

2014 Northern Illinois University
Conference for Young Women
Preparing Young Women for College & Leadership

Organized by the Women's Studies Program and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming Office

Friday, September 26, 2014
NIU-DeKalb Campus


Now in its 17th year, the NIU Conference for Young Women introduces high school women to the academic side of college life; inspires them to transform their dreams of going to college into reality; and provides opportunities to interact with successful women faculty, professionals, NIU students and alums.

The registration fee ($10 before September 1; $15 before September 15) includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all conference materials. Registration is limited to 50 students and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions about the conference, contact Rebekah Kohli at or 815-753-1044. Questions about registration should be directed to College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming ( or 815-753-5200 ).

2014 Schedule [tentative]

7:30-8:00 a.m.          Check-In & Refreshments

8:00-8:15 a.m.          Welcome & Remarks

8:15-9:15 a.m.          Icebreaker Activity 

9:15-10:15 a.m.        Session I: Get Involved! Learning Beyond the Classroom--Student Leaders Panel

  • NIU Undergraduate Student Leader--Build leadership skills & relationships in student led clubs
  • NIU Undergraduate Student Leader--Turn your passions into a line on your resume through research 
  • NIU Undergraduate Student Leader--Expand your horizons, help others, and travel the globe

10:15-11:30 a.m.      Session II: Campus Tour

11:30-12:30 p.m.     Lunch

12:30-2:00 p.m.      Session III: College Class Exploration

  • Explore your World: Environmental Sciences; Melissa Lenciewski, Ph.D., Department of Geology
  • Computer Programming for Women: Basic Web Designing Tools; Georgia Brown, M.S., Department of Computer Science
  • History Matters: Using Primary Source Materials for Research; Joy Coates, Ph.D., Center for Black Studies

2:15-3:00 p.m.      Keynote Speaker: Monique Bernoudy

Monique Bernoudy is an Associate Athletics Director and Director of the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program with Northern Illinois University's Intercollegiate Athletics Program. Additionally, Bernoudy currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mombasa Relief Initiative, a non-profit organization that supports children in Mombasa, Kenya in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment. Previously, she has served as the Director of Diversity for the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and Director of Multicultural Programs at Valparaiso University. She has also worked as an instructor, motivational speaker, diversity consultant and facilitator.

3:00-3:15 p.m.      Wrap-up & Evaluation

For more information, contact Rebekah Kohli at or 815-753-1044.