“Be the change that you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
The Asian and Global Resource Center (AGRC) at Northeastern Illinois University honors the diverse talents and cultures represented in our student body, faculty and staff. Many students face a variety of challenges adjusting to university life. The AGRC aspires to help students adjust to the university, to instill a sense of belonging through engagement in the center’s programs and activities, so students feel more connected to the university. The AGRC is a student-centered shared space where the cultures and heritages represented on our campus and in our nation, are valued, honored and celebrated. The center is committed to listening to the many voices on our campus and focuses programming around issues that are important to students and the university community.
Some of our annual events and programs include:
Annual Equity in Action Conference
The purpose of the Equity in Action Conference is to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, abilities, and attitudes which will form a foundation for lifelong learning in a global society. Inherent in this foundation is the capacity to engage in inquiry and critical thinking that empowers learners. Multiculturalism broadens our understanding of the human experience and contributes to enhancing our perspective in the educational environment for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Human rights and social justice are core values at Northeastern Illinois University.
Annual Interfaith Conference
The objective of the Interfaith Conference is to promote the positive role of understanding and tolerance as a healing and constructive force in life. Presentations and opportunities for dialogue give students an enhanced understanding to learn, respect, to engage in cross-cultural experienceswhile maintaining the integrity of your own beliefs, practices, traditions, and those of your community. The Interfaith Committee of Northeastern Illinois University invites everyone in the university community to join in this journey and assume a leadership role as we walk the paths of life respectfully in Unity and Peace.
Annual Asian and Asian-American Heritage Conference
This conference gives the university community an opportunity to increase awareness and further our understanding and appreciation of the influence and rich traditions of Asian and Asian American culture. Understanding and appreciating the influence of Asian and Asian American cultural heritage strengthens our knowledge and promotes better awareness of the rich diversity that exists within our community.
The Asian Women's Leadership Series
This lecture series occurs twice a semester and is a series of presentations highlighting issues relevant to Asian and Asian American women in various fields and promotes efforts to overcome stereotypes. Speakerscontribute to the community and expands the common understanding of women's roles: the balance of work, family and Asian values both globally and locally.
Asian Student Advisory Council
Four times each semester Northeastern students, faculty,staff and community members of Asian andAsian American heritage who are interested in Asian and Asian American issues work on the Advisory Council to help shape the programs and initiatives undertaken by the Asian andGlobal Resource Center. The programs featured on our website are the result of the AGRC Advisory Council's input and support. The cornerstone of the Advisory Council's mission is to enhance leadership development, advise with the assistance of the Career Development Center , and provide mentoring with the ultimate goal of strengthening time-to-degree and positive academic outcomes.