“Really, we want people to feel that they can adopt [the statements] themselves as something that becomes part of them — something they can live out here at NIU,” Nicholson said.
Kelly Poplar, senior business administration major, said the group’s proposed statements exemplify NIU’s community goals.
“These types of values will help NIU outside of the classroom,” Poplar said. “The inclusiveness aspect will help bring out pride in being a Huskie.”
Specific areas of attention in the proposed statements also garnered student support.
Sophomore English major Katryna Weingart said the new statements address curiosity and creative development, which she believes could benefit many at NIU.
“As students, we can get so into our academics that we can forget to have a creative outlook and do stuff for ourselves because we’re so invested in our education,” Weingart said.
Weingart also said the values of inclusion and respect command the most significance for the university. Minorities compose 45 percent of the student population at NIU, according to a fall 2017 student profile released on the university’s website.
She said this value in particular should be celebrated.
“For NIU specifically, being a campus that has such a diverse range of students, diversity and inclusion are very important,” Weingart said.
Economics graduate student Masud Alam said he thinks the proposed statements depict NIU as an institution centered around its students and research opportunities.
Alam, however, said he feels more attention could be paid to technological development, and changes to the statements themselves aren’t entirely necessary or timely.
“It’s not necessary unless NIU is going to enhance or change its leading academic or institutional plan in the coming days,” Alam said.