Photo collage with pictures of TEDxNEIU speakers (from top left): Diane Bou Khalil, Jaime Gonzalez Vicker, Mariah Mendez, Jacqueline Saper, Kimya Barden (second row, from left) Kevin Mimms, Kaleb Autman, Aaron Cortes, Kristina Garcia, Hussein Kjemani, and Mateo Farzaneh.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: TEDxNEIU

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Northeastern Illinois University community is a wealth of knowledge. Back in April, NEIU students, faculty, staff and alumni shared some of their wisdom about a wide range of topics on a more public stage: TEDxNEIU. Get links to these informative talks and catch up on this week’s NEIU happenings in the latest edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern!

Around the Commons

TEDxNEIU

Northeastern hosted TEDxNEIU on April 20. The event featured 11 NEIU students, faculty, staff and alumni discussing immigration, comics, fashion, gender exploration, and more. All of the speaker videos were recorded and are now available to watch. TED, which began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Today, TED covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages, and independently run TEDx events, like TEDxNEIU, help share ideas in communities around the world.

And there’s more!

To do

Transfer Students: Jumpstart Your Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Transfer Center invites transfer students to join a virtual financial aid and scholarships workshop at noon Thursday, May 27. Eighty-five percent of NEIU students receive some form of financial assistance, but the key is getting started early! During this event, students will be able to ask questions about financial aid and awards and learn about scholarship opportunities. Sign-up is required. For questions, please contact Associate Director of Transfer Enrollment Patricia Rodriguez at p-rodriguez@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4139.

In the media

Sherry Williams (B.A. ’17 University Without Walls), founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society, has partnered with the Chicago Public Library to create ReIMAGINE Aunt Jemima, a display at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library through July 9. The exhibit centers on two Chicagoans who portrayed Aunt Jemima, Nancy Green and Edith Wilson. The exhibit contains photographs, correspondence flyers and articles. A documentary about these women is also in the works. Watch the trailer above and learn more about the project by visiting the ReIMAGINE Aunt Jemima website. 

Also in the media

  • Professor of Urban Community Studies Lance Williams was cited in an article by PJ Media about gun violence in Chicago. 

Student Support Spotlight

Self-Care: Self Care Tool Box

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Student Counseling Services (SCS) aims to break the stigma around mental health. Whether you do self-care activities on your own, with family, friends or co-workers, implementing ways to de-stress is a great way to care for your mental health and raise awareness of mental health issues. Having a self care tool box filled with some of your favorite things to stimulate the five senses—from snacks to stuffed animals to pictures—can help curb anxiety. Learn more in the video above. SCS also recommends the following resource:

SCS has also provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. Students are welcome to contact SCS to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s SCS, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to counsect@neiu.edu between 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.

More resources for students can be found on the Keep Learning website and the COVID-19 Student FAQ page. General information about Northeastern’s response to the pandemic and the latest University updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the NEIU Coronavirus Response page

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Top photo (from top left): Photo collage with pictures of TEDxNEIU speakers (from top left): Diane Bou Khalil, Jaime Gonzalez Vicker, Mariah Mendez, Jacqueline Saper, Kimya Barden (second row, from left) Kevin Mimms, Kaleb Autman, Aaron Cortes, Kristina Garcia, Hussein Kjemani, and Mateo Farzaneh.