From the president

Alexandra Alcantar is a junior majoring in Political Science, with minors in Latino and Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Computer Science. She is the first in her family to attend college. Alexandra embodies the characteristics of a transformative leader who upholds inclusion and equity while putting social justice at the front and center of her work. She is very involved in programs and organizations that match her passion and academic goals such as the NIU Mock Trial team, the Illinois Justice Corps, DREAM Action NIU, and University Honors Program. She was the recipient of the 2022 Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation scholarship and the Northern Illinois University summer congressional internship scholarship. In the summer of 2023, she will serve as an intern for ran Illinois Congressional delegation member. She is well-versed in racial and educational inequalities and how these affect individuals in higher education.

Lisa Freeman

President

Northern Illinois University

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Personal Statement

I believe my commitment to civic involvement such as engaging in service projects, civic affairs in the community, or taking action around governance-related issues makes me a strong candidate for NIU’s Newman Civic Fellowship. Specifically, I have been a strong advocate for student engagement and participation in law, politics, and governance. As a member of NIU’s DREAM Action, a student-led organization, I have participated in events designed to increase awareness about issues faced by undocumented students in the U.S. and at NIU. During my summer internship with the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Honorable Judge James Snyder at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago, my organizational skills allowed me to assist unrepresented litigants through the judicial process successfully. Likewise, as a member of NIU’s Mock Trial Club, I have participated in a number of intercollegiate mock trial competitions where I have played the role of an attorney in trial simulations. I recognize the impact that NIU has had on my life and future career potential and have endeavored to “pay it forward.".

Alexandra Alcantar

Political Science

Northern Illinois University