There's a lot happening at NLU outside the classroom. The Office of Student Experience is committed to your personal and professional development through student organizations, volunteer opportunities, wellness programs, leadership workshops, honor societies, networking, building community with fellow students and more! We can help you learn, grow and make a difference on campus or in the community.
Our team is ready to make your experience at NLU amazing!
(pictured from left: Danielle Laban, Valerie Westin, Dan Amato, Jose Marroquin)
Danielle Laban, Director of Student Experience
Danielle leads the Office of Student Experience to achieve an exceptional experience for NLU students outside of the classroom. Danielle brings 15 years of student affairs experience to NLU with a go-getter attitude that has the students' best interests at heart. While at NLU, Danielle has implemented a fully online orientation, text alerts, and counseling services to focus on student success. Before NLU, Danielle worked in student affairs at Colorado Technical University and the University of Northern Colorado. She received a B.A. degree in Psychology at University of Northern Colorado and earned her M.A. in Training & Development from Roosevelt University. Danielle is pursuing her Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education with an anticipated graduation date of 2018.
Dan Amato, Associate Director of Student Development
Dan joined NLU from Northwestern University where he worked in Residence Life as a Residence Director. Prior to Northwestern, Dan received his Bachelor’s in Biology from DePaul University and his Master’s in Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University. In his role at NLU, Dan is responsible for managing the student code of conduct through investigating and resolving cases and keeping university policies up to date. Dan also works closely with the National Society of Leadership and Success as the Chapter Advisor. He is responsible for Inclusive U at NLU, an educational program focused on engaging students, faculty and staff in dialogue on bystander intervention, LGBTQ resources, suicide prevention and general cultural inclusivity.
Jose Marroquin, Associate Director of Student Engagement
Jose is the primary advisor for NLU’s registered student organizations. In addition, he oversees the yearly student awards recognition program, assists with the administration of the UPASS program, and co-coordinates NLU’s commencement ceremony. Jose supervises several departmental student assistants and student interns within the NLU Student Center. Also, he volunteers as the Director of Events for the Illinois College Personnel Association and is the Greek Liaison for the Latin Network within the American College Personnel Association. Prior to NLU, Jose worked at Illinois State University and Ball State University in areas of residence life and student life. He received a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University and obtained an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University.
Valerie Westin, Response Center Representative - Wheeling
Valerie assists all students and visitors at the front desk at the Wheeling campus in person and over the phone. She works to ensure that the programs and events set in Wheeling run smoothly. Before starting at NLU, Valerie attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and obtained her B.A. in Psychology and a Spanish minor. After serving as a resident assistant for two years, Valerie learned how much she enjoys working with college students and she hopes to pursue student affairs work as a career. She is looking forward to working with the staff and students at NLU and utilizing her passion for student affairs to provide thorough and caring assistance to everyone who interacts with her.