Conference for Young Women


Conference for Young Women
Northern Illinois University
Holmes Student Center, Blackhawk Annex

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Now in its 19th year, the NIU Conference for Young Women introduces high school women to the academic side of college life; inspires them to transform their dreams of going to college into reality; and provides opportunities to interact with successful women faculty, professionals, NIU students and alums.

If you have any questions about the conference, contact us at or 815-753-1038.

Organized by NIU's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming Office 

8:00-8:30 a.m. Check-In and Refreshments
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and Remarks
8:45-9:30 a.m. Session I: Icebreaker Activity
9:30- 10:30 a.m. Session II: Campus Tour College Class Exploration
10:30-11:45 a.m. Session III: Get Involved: Learning Beyond the Classroom
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:00-2:30 p.m. Session IV: College Class Exploration
2:30-2:45 p.m. Wrap-up and Evaluation

For more information, contact us at or 815-753-1038.


Check back for information on the Fall 2017 conference.

What participants say:

“I would recommend this conference because I feel it encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and shows you that just because you're a girl doesn't mean you can't work or be a part of a male dominated field.”

"I learned a lot about how to be happy in your life – not to let anything, including gender, stop you from doing what you want to do. Also, it may take a few tries, but it is not bad to start over in order to pursue your dreams."

“It's an amazing experience. An eye-opener about college and women's rights, the power we have, and what we can do."

“You learn so much about other people and get to experience a little of college life.”

"I would recommend this conference to other people because it was really fun, made me really think about the college I want to go to, (and it) also taught me there are so many things women can do!"

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Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Reavis Hall, Room 103
DeKalb, IL 60115

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