Want to boost visibility of programs, initiatives, events?

Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson

First- and Second-Year Experience (FSYE) invites faculty, staff, students, community members and the colleges departments and organizations they are affiliated with to share programs and initiatives associated with the themes of NIU’s Common Reading Experience (CRE) and “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.”

In addition to outlining the benefits of submitting your program, the CRE Program Submission Form lists the themes of “Just Mercy” along with CRE program goals and learning outcomes. Sharing basic program information will allow FSYE to help promote your events on a broader scale to reach a larger audience.

In “Just Mercy,” author Bryan Stevenson shares stories of his life as a young lawyer representing death row inmates and children with life sentences, helping those who have been wrongly convicted based on low socioeconomic status and /or racial discrimination.

Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

Some programs connected to the themes of “Just Mercy” can be supported by FSYE in other ways as well, including program assessment, staffing and assisting with logistical arrangements. Submissions should align with the CRE themes and link to the programs goals and outcomes. All online submission forms will be received by FSYE, and a representative will be in contact with you shortly.

Your program could be included with a full schedule of activities being developed for the 2016-2017 academic year, including Stevenson’s visit to campus Monday, Oct. 24. A public presentation with a book signing afterward is planned to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

Contact First- and Second-Year Experience at (815) 753-0028 or fsye@niu.edu with questions, ideas and comments regarding NIU’s CRE.

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