NEIU Graphic Design instructor Vida Sacic reviews an assignment with a student

Friday, July 10, 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences has made name changes to two departments as well as a major and a minor to highlight new course offerings. Students can continue to register for the New Multicultural Student Orientation sessions and remote Safe Zone Training sessions for faculty begin next week. Read about all this and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

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College of Arts and Sciences changes names of two departments, a major and a minor

Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Arts and Sciences has changed the name of its Art department to Art + Design, and the department, major and minor of Women’s and Gender Studies to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies beginning in the Fall 2020 semester. The name changes are reflective of programming within the college becoming more inclusive. Program updates for the College of Business and Management have been announced. Updates for the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education will be announced soon.

Social Justice Leadership Housing Award

Northeastern has launched the Social Justice Leadership Housing Award for incoming freshmen and transfer students who positively impact their university, career and communities. Students participating in the program will be given one year's free housing in The Nest. “Providing free housing to eligible students while giving them the tools to make a difference in the world is a win-win situation,” President Gloria J. Gibson said. “It’s also an innovative approach to how we recruit and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.” Earlier in June, Northeastern launched the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship as an additional avenue for Northeastern to reinforce its commitment to preparing students to promote social justice and to make a difference in their communities.

New Multicultural Student Orientations

In partnership with Undocumented Student Resources, the Angelina Pedroso Center will host New Multicultural Student Orientations from 1-3 p.m. July 23, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 via Zoom. This free program is designed to support incoming students of color, first-generation, undocumented, and LGBTQ+ students during their transition to NEIU and is supplemental to the new student orientation. All registered participants will receive the link to the Zoom meeting one week before the program. For questions regarding the program, contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at

Safe Zone Training for Faculty and Staff

The Angelina Pedroso Center invites NEIU faculty and staff to take part in the Summer 2020 Safe Zone training sessions. Safe Zone is designed to educate NEIU faculty and staff about sexual orientation and gender identity, create a visible network of allies to provide support to members of Northeastern’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities, and provide accurate information and resources about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. To be Safe Zone-certified, participants are required to register and attend all three training sessions within two academic years. You’re not required to attend the training in any particular order. For questions, contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at

And there’s more!

Events at home

Though most buildings are locked, Northeastern has adapted by creating remote events. 

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) will host virtual information sessions from noon-1 p.m. July 10, July 24, Aug. 14 and Aug. 28 via Google Meet. TRIO SSS programs are free academic and professional development programs for students who are income-eligible, first-generation, and/or who have disabilities. Members benefit from academic advising and support, TRIO scholarships, career planning, test preparation, and scholarship and financial aid guidance. Questions can be directed to

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Student Support Spotlight

Student Counseling Services

Students are welcome to contact NEIU’s Student Counseling Services to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s Student Counseling Services, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, students may also reach a counselor for more urgent consultation by calling the main number and pressing “2” during the outgoing message.

Food drive

Northeastern’s Alumni Association will host a drive-through food drop-off to support the University’s Student Pantry from noon-3 p.m. on July 13 and 27. The pantry has altered its delivery of services due to COVID-19. Students are now able to order food online. A food donation bin has also been placed at the University Police station to collect needed items throughout this time as other drop-off locations are now closed. Monetary contributions are being collected online to support the Student Pantry and the Student Emergency Fund. Student Pantry questions may be directed to Christopher Maxwell at

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