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Student Experience

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!

Dr. 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 received her Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education in 2018.

Gina Nunez, Associate Director of Student Development

Prior to joining NLU, Gina worked at DePaul University and the University of Chicago preparing students for graduate education and employment opportunities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Communication and her Master’s degree in Communication from DePaul University. In her role at NLU, Gina is responsible for managing the Student Code of Conduct through investigating and resolving cases and keeping university policies updated. Gina also oversees the National Society of Leadership and Success as the Chapter Advisor. She 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.

Marquece Holifield, Associate Director of Student Engagement

Before joining the NLU student experience team, Marquece worked at DePaul University for the past 17 years, in many functional areas like student activities, residence life, new student orientation, first year programs, and campus recreation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters of Education in Counseling with a concentration of College Student Development from DePaul University.  In her role at NLU, Marquece is responsible for managing oversight of student organizations, welcome week, U-Pass, student center staff, commencement activities, student awards and recognition and new student activities.

Elizabeth Garcia, Assistant Director of Student Experience

Elizabeth is excited to join the NLU Student Experience Team! She is an NLU alumni and excited to have the opportunity to come back in order to support and empower the students. She previously worked at Elgin Community College in Student Services and has over 16 years of experience in higher education. Elizabeth received her Bachelor's in Human Services and her Masters of Science in Counseling. She believes in self-discipline, goal setting and putting in the hard work in order to be a successful student. In her role at NLU, Elizabeth is responsible to lead New Student Orientation and the University Mentorship Program. She will also be involved with Student Code of Conduct, event planning and building community partnerships in order to help the students of NLU have a successful and fun college experience! 

Cindy Danzell, Suicide Prevention Director

Cindy is excited to join the NLU Student Experience Team! She is an NLU alumna and is excited to have the opportunity to be the Suicide Prevention Director. Cindy received her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Northern Illinois University and her Masters of Science in Counseling and School Counseling from National Louis University. She believes that it is okay to not be okay and that reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness but one of the most empowering things to do. In her role at NLU, Cindy is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the infrastructure of the Suicide Prevention Program.

Vicki Mullaly, Director of Residence Life and Student Activities

Bio coming soon!

Rachael Judson, Student Engagement Manager

Rachael is excited to join the Campus Life team as the Student Engagement Manager at the Wheeling campus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Illinois State and is pursuing her Masters in Higher Education from Walden University. In her role at NLU, she is responsible for student organizations and various events and activities specifically for Wheeling students. Helping students feel like they belong is one of her passions and hopes to foster that at the Wheeling campus. 

Patti Essig, Response Center Representative

Patti is the face of NLU at the Lisle Campus. She earned her Bachelor's in Sociology at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. In her role at NLU, she is responsible for directing NLU incoming calls to the appropriate department and collaborates with other departments to keep the NLU directory updated and current, as well as welcoming all who enter the campus. She engages students in Student Experience planned activities and keeps them informed of upcoming events. 


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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