Partnerships Matter

Creating meaningful partnerships is an essential function of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development (OERD). Through partnerships, we engage with community members, corporate decision makers, non-profit leadership, entrepreneurs, innovators and influencers. Together we create relationships that result in mutually beneficial projects and programs that bring about thoughtful change in society.

Partnerships increase the value of our university, because we have access to resources that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or substain on our own. We provide value to our partners because we are thought leaders and skilled collaborators who make available the programs and early-stage research they need to be successful.

If your company or organization is interested in a strategic partnership with OERD, contact We're creative thinkers with an entrepreneurial mindset, and we'd love to have a conversation about how we can build upon our strengths together. 

NIU Partnership Registry

Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development is overseeing the NIU Partnership Registry, a record of partnerships that benefit both NIU and outside organizations. 

OERD is always interested in partnering with faculty and staff and supporting your partnership efforts. Contact us at We are glad to hear from you at any time during the year.


Are you a community organization or business? Request a partnership with NIU.

Current faculty and staff, tell us about your partnerships.

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Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
307 Lowden Hall

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