NIU Is Committed to an Inclusive Workplace

NIU Is Committed to an Inclusive Workplace

Diversity, equity and inclusion are defining characteristics at NIU. We know that the differences, along with the commonalities, of all who live, study and work here shape and strengthen our Huskie family in meaningful ways. NIU is committed to recruiting and supporting employees who represent diverse communities and identities in our society.

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

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Dean Cassandra L. Hill
Cassandra L. Hill, professor and dean of the NIU College of Law.
Since Dean Hill’s appointment in 2020, the diversity of incoming classes to NIU Law has risen 16%, with 41% of first-year students this fall identifying as students of color.

NIU plans to invite applications for faculty positions across all seven of our colleges this academic year. View current faculty position postings.

About NIU

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 areas of study while serving a diverse and international student body.

NIU at a Glance

Institutional Priorities

NIU’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging underpins our efforts to realize our mission and vision, live our values and co-create a welcoming university community where all voices are heard, valued and respected.


lisa-freeman.jpg“At the heart of our efforts to champion and nurture our strengths as a diverse, equitable and inclusive community are intentional goals, strategies, policies and practices that are resulting in positive change. I’m proud of the collaborative work we’ve done so far, eager to continue making progress and honored to be recognized [as a top college for diversity].

NIU President Lisa Freeman

Points of Pride

The university’s test-free admission and merit scholarship process has broadened opportunities for underrepresented students, including students of color, first-generation college students and those from low-income households.

2022 Fall Freshman Class Highlights

  • The average high school GPA of the class was 3.42, the highest average GPA for new freshmen on record. Nearly 500 of those students had 4.0 high school GPAs.
  • First-generation college students made up 56% of the class.
  • Most diverse freshman class in the university’s history.
2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
Great Colleges to Work For 2022

Huskie Spotlight

Shondra Clay

"… my colleagues are amazing. I really appreciate the collegiality and the cooperative spirit that is displayed on a daily basis. It really makes working at NIU that much better."

Shondra Clay,
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Professions, College of Health and Human Sciences
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