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Northern Illinois University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1425 W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
(815) 753-0446
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School Information
"Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach. "The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world." The university enrolls over 16,700 students, employs over 1,170 faculty, and offers over 60 undergraduate majors. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Northern Illinois University has devoted resources and priority to diversity and inclusion. The university has provided resources to its students on diversity and inclusion. The university hosted a virtual event entitled "So-Full Friday: Anti-Racism? What Does it Look Like?" No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university required that student organization leaders to fill out a form identifying how they can “define antiracism,” “grow as an ally,” and how to be “equitable-minded for all identities.”
  • The university hosted a virtual event entitled "So-Full Friday: Anti-Racism? What Does it Look Like?"
  • The Faculty Senate aimed to "identify factors contributing to institutional racism at NIU -- particularly policies, procedures, and practices in hiring, tenure and promotion, retention, and other professional opportunities with a particular objective to make NIU an anti- racist institution with a diverse faculty."
Symbolic Actions
  • The "Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Social Justice Committee" recommended the formation of a "standing Faculty Senate Social Justice Committee."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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