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Law requires LGBTQ+ history to be taught before high school

By Sam Malone | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — A turbulent time in American history, the 1950s were shrouded in pure terror. People lost jobs. People lost family. This shade of fear was not just the red of McCarthyism but lavender as well. Commonly taught in schools, the Red Scare looms...

Representative Underwood talks gun control, healthcare at town hall

By Kierra Frazier | September 5, 2019

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood held a town hall for students on Tuesday and discussed how Congress plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this fall.The town hall meeting was the first one Underwood held specifically for college students....

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

DeKALB — Associate professor Katy Jaekel and senior Ronan Kaiser were presented with the Howard and Millie Eychaner Award during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner and Awards Banquet for their advocacy on LGBTQ+ issues on campus.The event is sponsored by...

Library to host finals week events to encourage stress management

By Northern Star Staff | December 9, 2018

DeKALB — Founders Memorial Library will be holding events through the week of finals to allow students to take a break from studying with relaxing activities or furry friends.From 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Friday, event organizers will host Coloring...

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...

Aram Han Sifuentes explains to students and staff attending the Wednesday protest banner workshop how to apply letters and designs to the protest banner.

Students craft protest banners

By Michael Urbanec | November 9, 2017

DeKALB — The Pick Museum of Anthropology and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality held a workshop Wednesday that allowed participants to express their opinions and creativity through protest banner creation.The workshop was led by...

Students alter Barbie dolls

November 14, 2016

The Altered Barbie Workshop hosted by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality allowed students to show beauty isn’t perfection by altering the appearance of Barbies Tuesday in Reavis Hall, Room 103. The Alter Barbie Workshop was created...

NIU to host talk with alumni

By Northern Star staff | September 8, 2016

DEKALB- The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will host an NIU alumni talk with Michelle Costigan 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in Reavis Hall 103.Costigan will discuss how the LGBT Studies and Women’s Studies experiences influenced her...

Coding club designs sexual assault survivor help app

By Leah Nicolini | April 11, 2016

An NIU-built sexual assault help app will be released in the fall and Safe Passage expects the app to reduce the 6,500 calls it received on its 24-hour hotline in 2015.Four students from Tech Bark, an NIU coding club, teamed up with Kristen Myers, director...

This gender-neutral bathroom is located in the basement of Neptune North. NIU is working on a draft for the inclusion of more gender-neutral restrooms on campus.

NIU looking to implement gender-neutral bathrooms

By Ashley Morse | April 4, 2016

NIU is currently working on a draft for the inclusion of more gender-neutral restrooms on campus and expects it to be ready by the end of the semester.Gender-neutral does not refer to either sex but only to people in general. The benefits to these restrooms...

The Masks We Wear

By Anandh Raj | November 5, 2015

Freshman sociology major Marissa Cavazos shows the mask she completed at “The Masks We Wear” workshop conducted by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality on Wednesday at Reavis Hall. Masks and art supplies were provided for participants...

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