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Thank an NIU Woman: Tollerud, Edghill-Walden

March 14, 2016
Toni Tollerud

Toni Tollerud

The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is honoring NIU women in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Throughout the month of March, the GSRC is looking for stories of thanks – stories of how an NIU women influenced and empowered each personal, educational and professional development journey.

To nominate someone who deserves recognition, along with stories of thanks, send a photo and a short biography (no more than three sentences) to [email protected].

Dr. Toni Tollerud is a distinguished teaching professor and a dean in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education. Through these roles, Dr. Tollerud exceeds all expectations. Her genuine kindness, immense intelligence, and willingness to help students, staff, and faculty are evident in all areas of her life. Even with a full schedule, Dr. Tollerud takes time to meet with students beyond the requirements of her job and offers assistance as they develop both academically and professionally. I feel so fortunate to have such a positive and supportive presence on campus. Dr. Tollerud certainly makes a difference and I am so grateful for her!

– Audrey Wilson

Vernese Edghill-Walden

Vernese Edghill-Walden

Thank you Dr. Vernese Edghill-Walden, Chief Diversity Officer! You have been here for a short time, but your mindful interactions and intentional conversations with students, staff and faculty have already left an impactful paw print on this campus community. Thanks for supporting the concerns of others and working diligently to ensure that diverse voices are heard throughout the campus of NIU. Thank you for the willingness to get to know the DeKalb County community, campus, students, faculty and staff in an effort to collectively help our campus progress for an another 121 years. You are an NIU Woman who deserves an open arm of welcome and many thanks.

The #ThankanNIUWoman social media campaign will alert the world to the great women of NIU.

#ThankanNIUWoman buttons are available to the university community to pay it forward and say thanks across campus. GSRC staff will be stationed around campus from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to provide these buttons for free.

For more information, call (815) 753-4772 or email [email protected].