Nika is an Associate Director in the Office of Civic Engagement. She leads and manages arts and culture initiatives that seek to catalyze neighborhood reinvestment and strengthen partnerships with University departments and institutes, local community organizations, art institutions, and neighborhood partners. She joined the University in 2013, after working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nika also serves on the Board of Directors for the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.