We firmly believe that in order to contribute to NEIU’s promise to prepare students for leadership and service in our region and in a dynamic multicultural world, we are required to create an environment that honors all differences, supports the holistic needs of students, and empowers them to be agents of social change. We foster the success of historically underserved students populations through mentorship, intercultural education, awareness-building workshops, and programs that celebrate our unique differences.
The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs (APCDIA) develops and provides programming and initiatives in a welcoming environment designed to educate, empower, and retain students from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.
We seek to engage students at all Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) campuses to create and sustain an environment of inclusivity across cultures, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender, and other social identities.
- Student Success: Foster a learning environment by providing support, thought-provoking educational experiences, and interactive learning opportunities that increase student engagement, retention, and graduation.
- Social Justice: Promote intercultural awareness, equity and inclusivity through educational and co-curricular initiatives that empower students to be agents of social change.
- Advocacy: Represent the needs and concerns of historically underserved student identities in order to ensure access to opportunity throughout all aspects of campus life while eradicating structural barriers.
- Leadership Development: Engage students in the development of critical thinking and cultural competence to encourage life-long learning and global citizenship.
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