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“Trans lives are sacred!” is written in sidewalk chalk in front of the Jack Arends Hall. The Transgender Day of Rememberance is a yearly observance on Nov. 20 for individuals who’ve lose their lives to anti-transgender violence. (Rachel Cormier | Northern Star)

NIU to hold Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | November 20, 2023

DeKALB – Nov. 20 is a day to honor those in the transgender community killed by violence. This year, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will be hosting a remembrance vigil as part...

Cutline: A progress pride flag flies outside the Holmes Student Center in November 2020. NIU was ranked #1 as the best LGBTQ+ campus in Illinois from (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU ranked No. 1 campus for LGBTQ+ students in Illinois

By Alyssa Berry, News Reporter | September 4, 2023

DeKALB – Students looking for a safe and welcoming environment need not look any further as NIU was ranked as the #1 campus in Illinois for LGBTQ+ students by is an educational resource for college students that...

International Transgender Day of Viability is March 31. There are multiple events happening at NIU in celebration of the holiday.

Transgender Day of Visibility events

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – Transgender Day of Visibility, the day to recognize and reflect on transgender people’s history and present, is Friday. Here are three events students can participate in to celebrate.   NIU: EDUCATION AS LIBERATION, OPEN SUBMISSIONS From...

Freshman Tatum Dale (left), student staff assistant at GSRC Trevon Smith (middle) and assistant director of Women and Gender programs Ariel Owens (right) participate in A Full Color Moment, Latinx edition. (Caleb Johnson | Northern Star)

The GSRC hosts Latino Heritage Month event

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | September 19, 2022

Students and staff gathered Thursday in the Holmes Students Center to unwind, color and learn more about Latino figures in the LGBTQ+ movement. “A Full Color Moment, Latinx Edition'' was an event organized by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center,...

Alumni share their stories of social change

By Dan Doren | February 20, 2020

DeKALB — Five NIU alumni shared their personal stories of social change leadership both on- and off-campus at a university-hosted speaking event titled “125th Anniversary Dialogue on Diversity: Groundbreakers” 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sandburg Auditorium...

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

Upcoming events: week of Oct. 7

By Northern Star Staff | October 6, 2019

MondayBoard of Trustees Professor Seminar: Ross Powell, Board of Trustees professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will give a seminar on NIU’s research into climate change 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room....

Upcoming events: week of Aug. 26

Upcoming events: week of Aug. 26

By Northern Star Staff | August 26, 2019

TuesdayUniversity Honors Program Welcome Back BBQ: Honors students and staff are invited to attend a catered barbecue to meet new honors students and catch up with returning students. The barbecue is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Campus Life Building, Room...

NIU President Lisa Freeman was in attendance Friday during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. 

Annual Pride Dinner honors and awards LGBTQ+ advocates

By Kierra Frazier | April 14, 2019

NIU President Lisa Freeman was in attendance Friday during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall.


Hate crimes cannot be masked by the police and media

By Ashley Hines | February 11, 2019

The softened language used by the media when discussing hate crimes dilutes the discriminatory motivation behind the injury.To recognize the true heinousness behind hate crimes, they must be addressed as such. Calling hate crimes what they are will open...

Manage Your Stress this Semester

By Sarah Lalond | October 22, 2018

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 61 percent of college students report feeling anxious. The percentage is likely higher, as these are the students who sought counseling and were able to report their feelings.Stress is building...

Student mothers have plentiful resources at NIU

Student mothers have plentiful resources at NIU

By Lisa Lillianstrom | September 26, 2018

Being a mother and a student can be challenging, but NIU has resources to help student parents succeed in reaching their goals.One resource available to all mothers is lactation stations. These stations are located around the campus and are private rooms...

NIU needs more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus

By Chris Grask | September 16, 2018

All Gender bathrooms are on campus and students may have stepped into them without noticing.There are 30 all gender bathrooms with most of them residing in Grant residence hall. Yet most of the academic halls are empty of all gender bathrooms, according...