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Community Service Organizations for Students in the College of Education

The College of Education recommends students become involved in professional organizations in order to increase their awareness of the field of education, issues in education, and to improve leadership and communication skills.

Circle K International (CKI)

Provides service for the DeKalb community focusing on children, senior citizens, and university related events.  Circle K International (CKI) is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. With more than 12,600 members in 17 nations, CKI is making a positive impact on the world every day. CKI blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world. Projects such as the Six Cents Initiative, CKI’s International fundraiser that aims to provide water to the 2.2 billion children worldwide who lack safe drinking water, bring CKI members together to make a difference in the world.

Advisor: Paul Stoddard (815)753-7929

College Parents' Group (CPG)

CPG supports, advocates, and creates opportunities for college students who are parents and offers educational and social experiences for parents while including activities for their children.

Advisor: Passion Williamson (815)753-7906

Deaf Pride

Deaf Pride is an organization that associates with Deaf culture; a term that describes the social beliefs, behaviors, art, literary traditions, history, values and shared institutions of communities that are affected by deafness and which use sign languages as the main means of communication. Members of the Deaf community tend to view deafness as a difference in human experience rather than a disability.

Through actions, activities, service, and programs, Deaf Pride accomplishes its mission:

Awareness: promoting Deaf Culture on campus and throughout the NIU community through Deaf Awareness Week, SignSync, Multi-cultural Perspectives in Deaf Culture, Diversity in ASL and Deaf Culture, Bridging the Gap, ASL Cafe. Networking: act as a resource of information on Deaf Culture and hearing loss for the NIU Community through elementary school presentations, college class presentations, residence hall sign language classes, bake sales, poster sales, and field trips. Support: sharing of personal experiences to gain a better understand of Deaf Culture and hearing loss through silent dinners, member presentations, professional presentations on topics of interest such as technology and the deaf. Service: volunteer activities to promote and develop leadership and teamwork skills for all members and the executive board through volunteering at community agencies, signing Holiday Carols and distributing Holiday cards to nursing home residents, and food and clothing drives.

Advisor: Taylor Hartman

NIU Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.  Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide.  Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $164 million USD.

Advisor: Jeff Chan (815)753-8633