The Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Development coordinates a series of comprehensive leadership development programs to help prepare students 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 Leadership Advisory Board, the Lead NIU Summit, and the annual 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 Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony every spring. Applications for 2012-2013 have been submitted. The Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
The LEAD NIU Summit is a program that provides opportunities for Northern Illinois University students to garner valuable knowledge from regional and national leadership experts. Small networking teams provide for targeted discussions and focused team exercises on leadership topics. Dates and Info coming soon!
The Leadership Academy is a comprehensive leadership development program primarily based on Kouzes and Posner's Leadership Challenge. The multi-year leadership program combines theoretical and practical leadership experiences to create an interactive learning environment for future leaders. What makes Northern's Leadership Academy unique is its combination of curricular (classroom based) and co-curricular (outside the classroom) learning experiences.
To assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of leadership programming, the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Development has convened a Leadership Advisory Board. The group is responsible for assisting in the planning of the Leadership Academy curriculum, marketing the program, recruiting guest speakers or lecturers, facilitating brown bag lunch discussions, and finally assessing the Leadership Academy.
This year NIU is bringing a new conference to campus. The conference is open to all NIU students, staff, and faculty. Anyone interested in learning more about leadership, or looking to enhance their ledership skills may attend. Thanks to those who attended our 2013 conference. Dates and Info for next year coming soon!