My Fellow game changers, innovators, and Huskies of Northern Illinois University,
My name is Reginald Bates, I am a senior with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. I am the immediate past President of Black Male Initiative. I am the only two year President in BMI's history. I revived Black Theatre Workshop in 2011 as a freshman and served 2 terms as the President of that organization as well. I have been a Community Advisor for the Neptune complex for the past 3 years, and I currently serve as the President of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. During my time as a student of NIU I co-founded #LEVELS ent. and I have won the SILD freshman leadership award, sophomore leadership award, and junior leadership award. I was President of Black Male Initiative when we won the Outstanding Student organization award from both SILD and SA. My most recent reward was the Bethune-Woodson Scholarship Award that is presented by the Black Faculty Association of NIU.
I am elated to be able to share my talents as a leader and a motivational artist with the entire Huskie community. There is a great multitude of professional and organizations skills that I’ve acquired during my time here at NIU and I cannot wait to share my knowledge and skillset with all of our student leaders! As the Vice-President of our prestigious student association, my primary goal is to keep campus life thriving with productive student organizations, which could in fact better the retention rates here at Northern!