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NIU’s Operating Staff Council will host crochet and knit workshops open to all faculty, staff and students this month. Those who attend the crochet workshops will have the opportunity to produce sleeping mats for people who are homeless and without shelter. Beginners are welcome; no previous experience is necessary. All workshops take place from 12:05...
Huskies Student Food Pantry logo
NIU’s College of Education is now accepting donations of food and personal hygiene products for the Huskies Student Food Pantry. The pantry, which relies on donations and volunteers, strives to provide non-perishable, supplemental food and other necessities for NIU students who are in need of support. Kathy Zuidema, who works in NIU Career Services and...
Colleen M. Boraca
Colleen Boraca, clinical assistant professor in the NIU College of Law, wrote an op-ed July 23 for the Chicago Sun-Times. “The human face of proposed budget cuts” comes in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts, one of which calls for a reduction of $12.7 million for homeless services. “A recent day was normal...
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
NIU students and faculty/staff groups are teaming up with community organizations to present a slate of events in recognition of the National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, scheduled from Saturday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 23. The goal is to educate NIU students about hunger and homelessness in their neighborhoods, their country and around the...
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Resolve to Fight Poverty
Northern Illinois University students and faculty/staff groups are teaming up with community organizations to present a week of events in recognition of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, nationally held from Saturday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 24. The goal of the week is to educate NIU students about hunger and homelessness in local, national and...
Jennifer Rosato and Anita Maddali
NIU’s College of Law will open a free legal clinic this fall in Aurora, focusing on legal issues that can contribute to health problems in the area’s indigent population. NIU Law will partner with both Hesed House – a comprehensive homeless resource center in Aurora that will house the clinic – and Aunt Martha’s Health Center. The...
Logo of the National Coalition for the Homeless: Bringing America Home
NIU students and faculty/staff groups are teaming up with community organizations to present a week of events in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, scheduled from Saturday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 18. Sponsored on campus by Student Involvement & Leadership Development, the week features a variety of service opportunities with the Northern...
Laura Vazquez
Laura Vazquez, Media Studies professor in the Department of Communication at NIU, will receive the prestigious Distinguished Service and Leadership Award for her years of filmwork from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Vazquez will be honored Monday, Oct. 29, at the association’s national conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Since 2006, Vazquez,...
NIU student Megan Maloney sits with plastic bags collected to weave sleeping mats for Chicago's homeless.
NIU and Kishwaukee College are teaming up and joining universities across the country to bring awareness to the growing homeless and hunger problems that are strangling families. Starting Monday, Nov. 14, both schools will take part in national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. A complete calendar of events is available online. During the week, students...
Where are you getting your next meal? Some DeKalb residents don’t have an answer to that question. Thanks to a new NIU program, however, the hungry in DeKalb have an answer in a new set of allies; NIU students, faculty and staff who want to fight hunger in their own communities. President Obama challenged higher...
NIU student Megan Maloney sits with plastic bags collected to weave sleeping mats for Chicago's homeless.
Members of NIU’s Alpha Phi Omega fraternity have set one goal for themselves this summer: to get their hands on as many plastic shopping bags as possible. They are not planning a massive shopping spree; they plan to knit the bags into portable, durable sleeping mats for Chicago’s homeless. It’s anyone’s guess how many empty...
Laura Vazquez
Far from the stereotypes many people envision, the most common faces of homelessness in the United States belong to women and children. And NIU communication professor Laura Vazquez, partnering with nationally known homeless advocate Diane Nilan, has spent the last four years working to tell their stories. The result is “on the edge,” a powerful...