The Northern Pact for Parents
As a member of the NIU community I commit to being:
in participating in my student’s education.
- attend family orientation so I know how to best help my student
- embrace that my student’s education is their responsibility and journey
- encourage my student to get involved in clubs and groups
- guide my student in being their own advocate in their education and in life
- check in with my student throughout the semester, enough for them to feel supported as well as independent
- read the Family Connection newsletter and stay up-to-date on what’s happening on campus
in my actions and relationships.
- help my student broaden their perspective by celebrating those different from me
- emphasize the impact of being truthful
- support and protect my student and insist they do the same for their classmates
- know that everyone has a different and important perspective
- encourage my student to challenge their preconceived notions
- expect fairness for and from my student
in helping my student navigate their journey.
- look for the best in others
- encourage my student to make new friends
- talk to my student about saying something when they see something
- be thoughtful with my words and actions and encourage my student to do the same
- counsel my student to work through disagreements in a mature way
- try to remember what being 18, 19, 20, 21 felt like and know that mistakes are opportunities for growth
- be the cheerleader, coach and teammate my student needs
to new opportunities, ideas, and diverse perspectives.
- open myself to possibilities as my student experiences them as well
- encourage my student to push beyond their comfort level, knowing that is where true growth comes from
- talk to my student about respecting differences in others
- encourage my student to learn about other cultures
- know that what I have to share is important to my student’s future
in supporting my student.
- insist that my student devote themselves to their education
- ask my student to do their best in everything they attempt
- encourage my student to know what is expected of them
- know that there will be grades that are lower than I expect and be willing to have a conversation about why
- lead by example in doing my part and keeping my word
- encourage my student, no matter how hard, or how much I miss them, to stay at school on weekends, knowing that is a big indicator for their success
about my student’s journey.
- share in the memories my student creates at NIU
- visit campus, take my student to dinner and listen to stories about their exciting new life
- answer my phone and cheer when my student calls to tell me about a recent achievement
- participate in Family Weekend, Homecoming and other opportunities to experience my student’s world with them
- show pride in my Huskie in all I do
- excited for my student
- serious and focused on their success
- my student’s best, and most important support
- ready to grow with my student
- proud of my Huskie
I am a Huskie Parent and I take pride in my pack.
Commit to the Pact
- Parents can sign the pledge during Family Weekend (September 8-10, 2017)
- Wear your Northern Pact t-shirt on Red and Black Fridays