Education and learning

Kendall Thu

Apr 19, 2016

Kendall Thu is a Presidential Engagement Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University.

He has been the editor of Culture and Agriculture, served on the Boards of the National Association of Practicing Anthropologists and the Central States Anthropological Society, is a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology, and served as President of Culture and Agriculture. He also served a two-year term on the National Agricultural Air Quality Task Force under U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman.

NIU And China: The Case Of BTBU

Apr 18, 2016

Major universities often have working relationships with their foreign counterparts.  While these often lead to collaboration and exchanges of students and faculty, it takes something extra to get those relationships started and keep them going.

“The clock has started” for a potential Chicago Teacher’s Union strike. That’s according to union president Karen Lewis.

The countdown to the possible strike began after the union rejected the recommendation of a neutral arbitrator to accept a contract offer from the nation's third-largest school system.

The union says the earliest a strike could begin is May 16, about a month before the last day of school. It says it also could strike in September, when school resumes for about 400-thousand students.

NIU May Soon Install More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Apr 13, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University is in the early stages of a proposal that would implement gender-neutral bathrooms.

NIU’s chief diversity officer Vernese Edghill Walden says the proposal is still in the planning stage, but a draft should be completed sometime during the summer or fall semesters.

Kristen Myers directs the Gender and Woman Studies department at NIU. She says the school has ranked as one of the most LGBT-friendly schools in the past … but the only thing that would help is gender-neutral bathrooms.

Northern Illinois University

The student senate at Northern Illinois University appointed its first female speaker last week.

NIU student association senator Christine Wang begins her tenure as speaker this summer. She says she’s happy with the progress of the student association senate in selecting its first woman speaker. 

“It’s a huge move for NIU,” Wang said. “It showcases a lot of our diversity and how much we emphasize on it. I think it means that we’re moving forward with the changing dynamic that is our society today.”