NIU dance students earned a chance to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in “ENUF”, a dance by Presidential Engagement and Partnerships Professor of Dance Paula Frasz.

Centering Engagement, Driving Impact

OERD is committed to the future of a NIU as an engaged university. OERD's role and our next steps for Centering Engagement, Driving Impact are outlined in this June 2022 presentation from Dr. Cotsones to the NIU Board of Trustees.

2023 Engagement Update

NIU's Engagement Task Force met throughout 2022 and 2023 and engaged in a series of discussions around key topics. The Task Force informed instutional goals for guiding the development of the Centering Engagement, Driving Impact Action Plan for 2023-2026. Read more about the Task Force and the institutional goals for Centering Engagement, Driving Impact in the Task Force Report.

In fall 2023, the Engagement Roundtable was created to implement the Centering Engagement, Driving Impact Action Plan. Learn about the Engagement Roundtable goals and its membership.

NIU Definition of Community Engagement

At Northern Illinois University, we believe community engagement...

  • facilitiates collaboration, in which all partners contribute, and all partners benefit.
  • unites the expertise and resources of the university and community.
  • allow partners to pursue a shared vision for public good.
  • enriches scholarship, research and artistry.
  • enhances teaching and learning.
  • addresses critical societal issues.
  • strengthens democratic values.

We invite you to contact us at to learn more about engagement at NIU.

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