Engaging the Region Through Meaningful Partnerships

At NIU, community engagement is a long-standing tradition and commitment. NIU faculty, staff and students collaborate with community partners to address societal challenges and maximize opportunities to develop talent, foster innovation and create a better place for everyone to live, work and learn. Meaningful partnerships unite university and community expertise and resources in pursuit of shared goals.

Meaningful Partnerships

  • Benefit all partners.
  • Create long-term relationships.
  • Fuel social or technological innovation.
  • Expand access to grants and unique sources of funding.
  • Build connections for future areas of university research.
  • Provide hands-on experience and career paths for our students.

OERD Provides Leadership and Support

OERD knows how to collaborate, both internally and externally. Our business model is built on identifying opportunities, bringing people together to create an action plan and successfully implementing for mutual benefit. We help fellow NIU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members create shared value.

How We Can Help

Here are a few of the things we do. We can help you do them, too.

  • Seek out potential partners and researchers.
  • Foster long-term partnerships in the region and beyond.
  • Connect researchers across academic disciplines.
  • Bridge the gap between academia, industry and the public sector.

Contact us today to learn more about building strategic partnerships at NIU.

Community Organization/NIU Partnership Request

Contact Us

Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
307 Lowden Hall

Request information about our networks


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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