Jennifer Pippen has been named director of the Disability Resource Center.
Pippen has earned two master’s degrees – a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, and a master’s degree in leadership in higher education from North Central College in Naperville. She succeeds Tom Thompson who served as the interim director since January.
The Disability Resource Center promotes and facilitates access for students through creative outreach and training, collaborative partnerships, innovative programs and proactive solutions.
The center also creates inclusive environments by engaging and supporting the campus community in progressive system change; works to increase the recruitment, transition, retention and graduation of students with disabilities; consults regarding reducing barriers for persons with disabilities; and ensures the effective delivery of accommodations.
“Our mission is to work with students with disabilities to implement accommodations so they may demonstrate the knowledge they have learned for the equal evaluation of all students,” Pippen said. “It is a benefit to our community to support the voices of multiple perspectives for the betterment of all members.”
Pippen joins NIU following eight years as the assistant director of Academic Support Services at North Central College, where she granted reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, aided in the retention efforts of the student body, implemented a structured study program and managed the college-wide tutoring center.
She is currently authoring a chapter on structured study environments in a book about learning centers.