Dr. Edghill-Walden’s positive impact on inclusiveness and cultural competency has been evident from her first days on campus. Vernese talked with stakeholders to hear the voices of the NIU community. She took time to learn about NIU’s needs, challenges and opportunities for success. The plans developed by Dr. Edghill-Walden and her team are comprehensive and thoughtfully prepared. ADEI initiatives under Vernese’s leadership have enhanced NIU’s efforts to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for students, faculty, staff and the community. Thanks for your dedication, Vernese. Your work has a positive impact and we appreciate you!