Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is diversity at NIU?

    At NIU diversity means recognizing and respecting differences, acknowledging similarities, broadening our horizons, engaging with others, and embracing and enhancing cultural competency. By incorporating many voices and perspectives, diversity enhances our ability to achieve the university’s mission of engagement and excellence.

  • How do I get involved in the different diversity, equity & inclusion committees?

    To request more information on how to get involved in and support the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion contact Liz Wright in the Office of the Vice President and Provost at or 815-753-9400.

  • How do I get involved in the presidential commissions?

    The president has several commissions in place to advise him on the issues that relate to diverse groups on campus. Each commission makes recommendations on actions needed in areas including academic programs, student services, workplace matters, university policies, and the general campus environment. If you would like to get involved, please visit or contact the following offices:

    Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities

    Presidential Commission on the Status of Women

    Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities

    Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

  • Where do I go to report discrimination or bias based on race, gender or ability?

    If students, faculty or staff witness and/or experience conduct they believe violates the university’s policy on non-discrimination/harassment, they have the right and/or responsibility to file an affirmative action complaint. Please fill out and submit this form. A representative will contact you for more information and to set up an appointment.

    Discrimination based on gender falls under Title IX. Please fill out and submit this form to serve as official notice to NIU and initiate a preliminary investigation by the Title IX Coordinator. If you also wish to file an official police report, that must be done separately with either the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety or the DeKalb Police Department. Visit the Title IX website for more information.

  • What is the purpose of the Office of Academic, Equity & Inclusion?

    In order to build a more inclusive campus, NIU has created the Office of Academic Equity and Inclusion to coordinate and implement the goals set forth by the President’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. These goals strive to coordinate widespread programs with the main objective of supporting a diverse student population, giving them access to high quality educational programs and increasing the retention and graduation rates of our minority students.

  • Why is diversity important in higher education?

    NIU students come from diverse backgrounds and their educational experience is enriched through interactions with a diverse student body.

    In today’s world, students must be prepared to work in a global workforce and society. Diversity in higher education is crucial to the cultivation of individuals who are comfortable living and working with people from all backgrounds. Interaction with a diverse student body encourages students to examine their belief systems and assumptions about gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, ethnic and racial identity, disabilities and other forms of diversity. A diverse faculty can expand the range of research and teaching interests at an institution as well as provide role models for a diverse student population. Diversity at NIU develops students into leaders who affect social change.

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