Leadership Programs at NIU

Student Involvement and Leadership Development coordinates a series of comprehensive leadership development programs to help prepare you for leadership roles in our community and around the world. The programs are anchored in NIU's commitment to the community, region and world. They include the multi-tiered NIU Leadership Academy, the NIU LEAD Summit and the annual Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony.

To learn more about leadership hot topics, e-mail leadership@niu.edu to request our semesterly newsletter!

Curious to hear what leadership means to NIU students? Watch the Student Leader Spotlight video featured during the 2018 Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards!

Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony

To recognize the contributions of students to the NIU and DeKalb community, institutional tuition waivers and a variety of other leadership awards are offered and presented at the annual Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony every spring. The Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held in April 26, 2020.

NIU Lead Summit

The NIU LEAD Summit is NIU's premier leadership conference. This conference is open to all NIU students interested in learning more about leadership, or who are looking to enhance their leadership skills. Students have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, hear from a keynote speaker, and network with staff and other student leaders.

Fall 2020 Lead Summit date and information will be available in August 2020.