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Courtney James, MS

Courtney James currently serves as the director in Student Involvement at DePaul University. In her role, she supervises student organizations, campus activities, fraternity & sorority life, and Esports.

Prior to her time at DePaul, Courtney worked for five years in campus activities at the University of Central Oklahoma. She volunteers with the National Association for Campus Activities and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Additional highlights to her volunteer experience include serving as the co-chair to the NACA/NIRSA Esports Task Force, 2018 NACA National Convention Chair, 2015 Central Regional Conference Chair, and other roles with regional conferences, the national convention and summer institutes. She has published a variety of articles for Campus Activities Programming Magazine on such topics as co-curricular engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, assessment, volunteer management, voter engagement and more.

In 2022 as part of DePaul’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, Courtney was selected as a one of the 125 Faces of DePaul. This selection honors 125 individuals affiliated with DePaul University that made a significant impact on the institution’s history. Previous honors include the 2022 NACA Janet Carl Smith Mid-America Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 DePaul University Student Affairs Innovation Award, 2017 DePaul University Division of Student Affairs Collaboration Award, 2015 NACA Legacy Award, the 2013 University of Central Oklahoma Advisor of the Year, and the 2012 Central Region Outstanding New Professional.

Courtney completed her bachelor's degree at Augustana College (IL) and her master's degree at Western Illinois University. She is currently completing her doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at DePaul University.