About Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development

Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development's (OERD) programs and partnerships directly support NIU's vision and mission, which aims to empower NIU students, faculty and staff as well as citizens in the region, state, nation and world. We're guided by our division's vision, mission and values

Our focus is collaboration - across the university and the region - to bring people together who enhance learning, innovation and practice for mutually beneficial outcomes to our university and the people we serve.

Our area offers extraordinarily rich opportunities to share teaching and learning, advanced technologies, research, cultural artistry and technical expertise. This unique location in Northern Illinois allows NIU to operate on a global stage while working directly with local and regional partners.

OERD's initiatives are as diverse as the people who live in our region. Our work focuses on creating meaningful partnerships in the community and on campus. We foster engagement at NIU by supporting faculty and building networks of thought leaders in education, artistry, non-profit management, governmental studies, and emerging trends/technologies.

We invite you to learn more about our division and discover how we help NIU benefit the region, state, nation and world. Contact our leadership if you're interested in exciting ways to collaborate on your next project or innovation.

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Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
307 Lowden Hall

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