NIU serves an extraordinarily diverse region of urban, suburban and rural communities, and our student population reflects this diversity. NIU's community engagement and service-learning activities have played an important role in building connections between NIU and its home community.
Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development's (OERD) Role in Community Engagement and Engaged Learning
OERD provides leadership, partnership and support for numerous outreach activities of the seven colleges and collaborates with university units to deliver non-credit programs and regional development activities.
OERD’s programming helps to fulfill the university’s core values of innovation, social mobility and transformation of the wider world. NIU’s unique location at the intersection of Chicagoland and the rural Midwest allows us to make an impact both globally and locally, improving educational attainment, workforce development, equitable economic development and quality of life throughout the region.