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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 16 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.

Jordan Colon, Associate Director of Student Development

Prior to joining NLU, Jordan worked at Concordia University Chicago and the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. He primarily worked in Residence Life as an Assistant Director and Community Development Coordinator. He received his Bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College in Political Science and History. Since then, he has received a Master's in Psychology and Counseling from Springfield College and a Master's in Business Administration from Concordia University Chicago. In his role at NLU, Jordan is responsible for managing the Student Code of Conduct through investigating and resolving cases and keeping university policies updated. Jordan is also responsible for facilitating educational programs focused on engaging students, faculty, and staff in dialogue on bystander intervention, LGBTQ resources and conflict resolution. 

Marquece Holifield, Associate Director of Student Engagement

Before joining the NLU student experience team, Marquece worked at DePaul University for the past 18 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.

Hannah Wilson, Assistant Director of Student Experience

Hannah is extremely excited to be a part of the NLU Student Experience Team. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters of Education in Counseling with a concentration of College Student Development from DePaul University. Before NLU, she worked at DePaul University within campus activities. Her background included leadership development, career counseling, program development, and event planning. In her role at NLU, Hannah is responsible for First-Year Initiatives, which includes New Student Orientation, family engagement, and the First Year Mentorship Program. Her job also includes additional event planning and wellness checks.

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.

Keith Baltimore, Student Engagement Manager

Prior to NLU, Keith worked for 7 years at DePaul University where he was a program coordinator.  He led interfaith group formation and leadership development. In his role as the Student Engagement Manager for the Wheeling campus; Keith creates and organizes Student life programming and events, he    also manages a variety of student organizations and assist with facilitating the Golden Eagle Leaders program. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago and is expected to complete is doctorate in Education from the University of Dayton in 2021. 

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. Patti is responsible for answering the Student Experience and Commencement emails. She also compiles the list of graduates for the Commencement ceremony.


    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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