Thirty-five years after the murder of John Lennon, his words are still sung by dreamers like him: “I hope someday you’ll join us,” Lennon sang, “and the world will be as one.”
NIU researchers share his yearning to “Imagine.”
Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the next generation of graduates from NIU’s master’s-level School Psychology Program will enter the workforce better equipped to protect vulnerable students from bullying.
In the fall, NIU adopted a definition of “affirmative consent” that requires anyone attempting to initiate a sexual encounter to ask for – and receive – a clear and voluntary “yes” before beginning.
National conversation on sexual diversity and acceptance spurred by Caitlyn Jenner’s coming-out photo on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine was viewed as “a net positive” at NIU. “Caitlyn’s celebrity, and the fact that she is making this transition in such a visible way,” says Molly Holmes, director of NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, “gives us an opportunity to check in and see how accepting we are as a society and to think more critically about how we can be more supportive and better allies.”
Suzanne Degges-White, meanwhile, offered sound advice on how to keep friends when things turn sour.The chair of the NIU Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education published a book titled “Toxic Friendships: Knowing the Rules and Dealing with the Friends Who Break Them.”