Director's Welcome


NGOLD Director's Welcome

NGOLD is an interdisciplinary center that serves undergraduate students, faculty and researchers, and nonprofit leaders in the northern Illinois region and beyond.

We are pleased to offer an undergraduate major in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) that prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers. CLCE majors are given the opportunity to choose an area of emphasis in Advocacy, Arts and Humanities, Enterprise, Environment, and Global engagement so that courses are tailored to their unique interests. Classes are taught by faculty from the NGOLD Center and a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, communications, economics, and NIU's nationally ranked business and public administration programs.

Furthermore, we emphasize student engagement. Through service learning, volunteerism, internships, and study abroad programs, CLCE students gain practical experiences to supplement traditional curriculum. This allows students to merge theory with practice, develop skills, and build their resumes with meaningful activities both in and out of the classroom.

Beyond academics, NGOLD offers services and programs to nonprofit organizations and engages in original research aligned with our areas of focus. We believe that the nonprofit sector is vital to society and it is our privilege to work with these organizations and carry out research that promotes growth within the field.

I believe strongly in NGOLD’s and the CLCE major's potential and welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how our goals may align with yours.

I look forward to hearing from you and working successfully with you.

Nancy M. Castle, PhD
Director and Professor