Transformation unleashed: How Renee Page has been impacted by NIU and her hope for students

The NIU experience not only transforms students but many NIU staff as well. That certainly rings true for Renee Page of NIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. When reflecting back on her 24 years at NIU, Page has been most significantly transformed through the relationships she’s developed during her time at NIU. “I’ve found many wonderful friends at NIU and from all over the world,” she shares. 

Renee Page

Of particular impact was an opportunity Page had to work with a group of Indonesian scholars through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ PKPI program. “We spent many hours chatting and laughing as we learned how we were the same, and how we were different. Even now, six years later, I still message with my friends on the other side of the world,” she adds. 

When asked to explain how her relationships at NIU and the wonderful diversity found on campus have transformed her, she explains. “My NIU relationships have taken me from a very narrow worldview to one that embraces diversity. I have broadened my understanding of the world and my place in it.” 

Page knows that the NIU experience has the same power to transform students.  

“My hope for students is that NIU offers them the opportunities that will forever change their lives. I expect them to draw from their experiences to be the best human beings they can be. Whether they wind up with a career in their major or working in another field altogether, the things students learn today will stay with them forever and influence how they view people and how they handle situations throughout their lives.”  

Believing in the transforming effect of an NIU education has compelled Page to donate through the NIU Foundation. “When the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences created its Student Engagement Fund, I wanted to see it grow. I wanted to help students achieve their educational goals. While I’m not able to give a lot, I commit to making a yearly donation.”  

NIU’s Day of Giving: 1,895 Minutes to Unleash a Huskie

On Tuesday, May 7 to Wednesday, May 8, you can join Page in supporting NIU students by making a donation during NIU’s first-ever Day of Giving. This 1895-minute period is designed to provide everyone who loves and cares about our campus community to support areas they are most passionate about at NIU—whether student scholarships; a particular program area; a place like the Huskie Food Pantry; or diversity, equity and inclusions initiatives. 

This year’s Day of Giving theme is “Unleash a Huskie.” Through your support, you can help provide the resources necessary for current and future generations of Huskies to start, continue and finish their education at NIU. 

“Even if you can only give $10 or $25,” shares Page, “every dollar counts to retain students and provide them with the life-changing, perspective-broadening experience we all know accompanies an NIU education.”  

For more information on the Day of Giving event, visit the website or contact Natalie Troiani at ntroiani@niu.edu or 815-753-8198.  

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