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Latino Resource Center

The Latino Resource Center (LRC) is a diversity center designed to serve the Latina/o population. The mission of the LRC is to promote a social justice agenda and an inclusive environment where we seek to recruit, retain, empower and advance Latina/o students at NIU. We achieve this mission by offering mentoring programs, leadership programs, peer support groups and academic advancement programs.

Projects will include the following:

  • Teamwork: Active collaboration with all LRC staff to successfully carry out program goals
  • Programming & Marketing: Assist with special events to interact with and inspire participants such as Latin Chill and Latino Heritage Month
  • Outreach & Recruitment: Participate in departmental activities such as staff meetings, NIU open houses, outreach events and office coverage when applicable.
  • Program Evaluation: Assist with compiling and transcribing survey data into Qualtrics program

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

In alliance with the vision and mission of Northern Illinois University and the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center acknowledges the historical impacts of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer identities. We are a home away from home for all persons, inclusive of sexual and gender identities, and all forms of masculinity and femininity.

The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center serves as a central location for resources and support where acceptance of intersectional identities is encouraged and celebrated. Through student leadership development, advocacy, campus and academic engagement, and professional development opportunities, we collaborate with community, state, and national partners, alumni and other stakeholders to challenge societal constructs of gender and sexuality norms and promote social justice.

Projects will include the following:

  • Follow the timeline of our year, working on major programs in each month.
  • Ally Training program and Trans* Ally Trainings, which are ongoing throughout the year.
  • We will work with the scholars chosen to identify projects/timeline that mutually fits.

Center for Southeast Asia Studies/Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Through academic endeavor and public outreach, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies (SEAS) is dedicated to increasing the world’s knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asia. CSEAS sponsors study abroad programs, overseas language immersion programs, academic and cultural events on and off campus, faculty-led undergraduate and graduate research projects. It supports community outreach projects and K-16 teacher training on Southeast Asian topics and partners with US government departments, international entities and other organizations on academic and youth leadership training programs.

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit that offers academic programs for students, faculty, and the community, designed to broaden our knowledge of Latin American civilization and the history of Latinos in the United States. The Center sponsors study abroad programs, faculty-led graduate and undergraduate research projects, and colloquium speakers on Latino and Latin American Studies. The Center’s interdisciplinary minor provides students with knowledge of Latin American civilization and the Latino experience in the United States and a broader understanding of their history and culture.

CSEAS projects will include the following:

  • Assist in the expansion of our teaching resources for K-12 and community college educators in northern Illinois and in outreach and service to the community.
  • Students will help catalog teaching materials, create “culture boxes” containing artifacts from each of the eleven Southeast Asian countries, and develop videos that share the experiences of students and alumni affiliated with the CSEAS.
  • Assist in outreach efforts to community colleges with our Southeast Asia Language Roadshow, volunteer with several campus/community organizations, such as the Huskies Student Food Pantry
  • Collaborate with the Southeast Asia Club on other outreach events and service projects.

CLLAS projects will include the following:

  • Admissions events, such as Open Houses and Admitted Student Days, and
  • Work with our Center on cultural activities on campus, such as the Latino Heritage Month events.
  • Student will assist with the colloquium speaker series, update the scholarship guide for our Center, and speak at NIU classes regarding the minor in Latino and Latin American Studies.
  • Work with the Latino Oral History Project to help set up interviews, update our contact database, and assist with interviewing and transcription

Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is dedicated to providing opportunities for undergraduates to engage in hands-on learning. Through OSEEL's undergraduate research, service learning projects, themed learning communities, and other high impact practices, NIU students will develop critical thinking, use creativity, and employ multiple communication strategies while applying their skills to real-world problems.

Projects will include the following:

  • Assisting with the University Village’s leadership development project where OSEEL staff provide leadership development training for middle and high school aged kids in residing the University Village.
  • Train the trainer program which will prepare the middle school and high school students to share this experience with the elementary age kids.
  • Students will assist with educational workshops available to all residents in the University Village related to small community garden management and nutrition education.