NEIU Forges Partnership with La Casa
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Media Contacts:Dana Navarro|
|January 30, 2014 |
Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus Forges Community Partnership with La Casa
CHICAGO — Today Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and La Casa held a ceremony to mark the beginning of a new formal partnership between the two institutions. Sharon Hahs, president of Northeastern Illinois University, and Raul Raymundo, chief executive officer of the Resurrection Project at La Casa Student Housing, ceremoniously signed a partnership agreement at the event held this morning at La Casa’s offices on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
This partnership is especially important for Northeastern as it prepares for a fall 2014 opening of its new El Centro Campus. The new NEIU El Centro Campus currently is under construction in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood at 3390 N. Avondale Ave., near the intersection of the Kennedy Expressway and Kimball Avenue. In addition to serving Northeastern students, the NEIU El Centro Campus is dedicated to providing resources to its surrounding community.
Hahs said, “We are taking the opportunity, presented by this important new location, to expand our relationships with community partners, like La Casa. We believe it is important to be a community partner, and we want the community to feel welcomed at Northeastern Illinois University.”
Raymundo added, “Our economy demands for individuals to have a solid education; our society needs leaders with a strong foundation. La Casa offers students through our live, learn and thrive principles an opportunity to not only graduate from college but be successful in life to build a better community.”
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of learning, teaching and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
About La CasaLa Casa Student Housing and Resource Center is an initiative of the Resurrection Project—a not‐for‐profit organization that strives to create healthy communities through education, organizing, and community development. Located on the Southwest Side of Chicago, in the heart of the city’s Pilsen neighborhood, the Resurrection Project has been serving Chicago’s Latino community for more than 20 years. La Casa was created to provide students from various universities with a living and learning environment that promotes academic achievement, personal growth, and future success.
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