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Passion Williamson-Bandele, College of Health and Human Sciences

September 20, 2020

Passion has long-served the NIU community with an attitude of selflessness and commitment to our students in the various roles she has held institutionally over the years. She has always held a special place in her heart for our Health & Human Sciences majors as well as for our traditionally under-represented populations because of her personal connection to both. This was clearly demonstrated this past summer when we were short-staffed and struggling to meet student demand.

Passion immediately offered to take on more students, despite the fact that she had to also basically re-design her entire fall course that she developed and is teaching now, BKST 302- Public Health in the Black Community. Moving to move it to a virtual format was not an easy task, especially when you have agreed to take on a full day’s worth of orientation student appointments on most of those days, all the way up through the first week of school! Further, Passion faced some personal challenges as well during that time frame. We truly appreciate Passion for the contributions she has made to CHHS and the NIU community over the years, but we especially appreciate her willingness to help us out when we needed it the most. Thank you, Passion!