Community engagement is an intentional collaboration between partners who unite their expertise and resources in a shared vision for the public good. Community engagement is nurtured in a spirit of mutual benefit, reciprocity and shared leadership. It enriches scholarship, research, and artistry. It enhances teaching and learning, addresses critical societal issues and strengthens democratic values. Community engagement takes place here at home and within our global community.
At NIU, we know that we are better together. As a public university, we have a responsibility to serve the public good. But engagement is not just a responsibility – it is also an opportunity. An opportunity to help our students put their education into action. To prepare them to become global leaders by engaging with real-world problems. To help them build communities across differences and build meaningful careers. In short, engagement is an opportunity to transform the world one partnership at a time.
Community engagement is already happening in every corner of NIU. We’re here to help you make your community engagement even stronger and more enduring. We’re ready to connect you with others who share your commitment and to provide the infrastructure needed to make a lasting difference. We hope you’ll join us to engage even better!
At Northern Illinois University, we believe community engagement...