Leadership Programs at NIU

Student Involvement & Leadership Development coordinates a series of comprehensive leadership development programs to help prepare students for leadership roles in our community and around the world. The programs are anchored in NIU's commitment to the community, region, and world. They include the multi-tiered NIU Leadership Academy, the Lead NIU Summit, and the annual Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony.

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Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award Ceremony

To recognize the contributions of students to the NIU and DeKalb community, institutional tuition waivers and a variety of other leadership awards are offered and presented at the annual Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony every spring. The Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

NIU Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a comprehensive leadership development program primarily based on Kouzes and Posner's (2007) Leadership Challenge. The multi-year leadership program combines theoretical and practical leadership experiences to create an interactive learning environment for student leaders. What makes Northern's Leadership Academy unique is its combination of curricular (classroom based) and co-curricular (outside the classroom) learning experiences.

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Spring Leadership Events

The NIU LEAD Summit

The conference is open to all NIU students, staff, and faculty. Anyone interested in learning more about leadership, or looking to enhance their ledership skills may attend. Thanks to those who attended our 2014 conference. Dates and Info for next year coming soon!