Online NIU STEM Café: Stressed and Depressed? – You’re Not Alone

How can we manage the stress and isolation of sheltering in place? How do we cope with the challenges of working remotely and the anxiety of job uncertainty? How do we manage household relationships when resources, including technology and space, are limited? If you’re anxious about finances, working from home, managing the kids or coping with isolation, you’re not alone.


At the next online NIU STEM Café, learn coping strategies and find avenues to get help for yourself or family members with mental health experts from Northern Illinois University. The virtual STEM Café will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. online via Adobe Connect.


Hear from NIU’s panel of experts.

  • Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education
  • Sarah Klaper, J.D., University Ombudsperson
  • Brian Smith, MSW, LCSW, Director of the Employee Assistance Program

To access the online meeting, go to between 5:30 and 5:50 p.m. on April 15. The presentation will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. On a computer, the Chrome browser works best, and you will be asked to download the Adobe Connect app. For tablets and mobile phones, go to your app store and download the Adobe Connect mobile app before attending. You will be able to listen to the speakers and will have a chance to type in your questions.

Northern Illinois University STEM Cafés are sponsored by NIU STEAM and are designed to increase public awareness of the critical role that STEM fields play in our everyday lives. For more information, visit or contact Judith Dymond, Ed.D., at 815-753-4751 or email

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 PM


Recent Activity


LeAnn left a review 4/14/2020

I missed it! Sorry.


Jeanne left a positive review 4/14/2020

This program was very helpful! All 3 speakers were exceptional! I have attended many online programs, but this was truly one of the best. Thank you!