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, fostering engagement by supporting faculty and staff, and expanding networks of thought leaders.
Our programs and partnerships directly support NIU's vision and mission, which aims to empower NIU students, faculty and staff, as well as residents 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 together people who enhance learning, innovation and practice for mutually beneficial outcomes to our university and the people we serve.
Our unique location in Northern Illinois allows NIU to operate on a global stage while working directly with local and regional partners. This region offers rich opportunities to share teaching and learning, advanced technologies, research, cultural artistry and technical expertise.
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.