Isabel Nazario Biography

Isabel Nazario's Photograph

Isabel Nazario is Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion responsible for cultivating and planning Universitywide annual academic research conference(s), community engagement programs in the arts and humanities; and manages the faculty diversity leadership awards and diversity project grants.  Nazario also administers and co-chairs the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, a universitywide faculty and staff committee established in 1987 to advocate for inclusion and champion diversity values. Units currently reporting to Isabel Nazario include the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and Images/Imágenes, an Emmy Award-winning educational, cultural, and health media program featuring Latino community narratives. The program is a partnership with Rutgers-iTV Studio and airs on NJTV.  Prior to joining the Office of Academic Affairs, Isabel Nazario served for twelve years as founding director of the Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture.  Under her leadership, the center received grants and merit awards from among others, the State of NJ Division of Civil Rights; the New Jersey State Arts Council; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Nazario also directed for several years, the RU-CASE community service-learning program later renamed The Collaborative. She created the Bonner Leader Student Program that garnered first time funding from the Bonner Foundation and initiated the Advancing Community Development partnership program with Johnson & Johnson. 

Prior to Rutgers, Nazario was a museum exhibitions curator and education curator in New York City.  She was an Associate Analyst in the Museum Program at the New York State Council in the Arts. Nazario holds an M.F.A. and a B.A., both from Queens College, CUNY, having graduated magna cum laude with a focus in art history and the fine arts.  Nazario has taught art history and studio courses at Rutgers and CUNY.  As a visual artist, she has had several exhibitions including a 2020 show of her work in Kingston NY. She is a Board member of the Museo del Barrio in NYC and is a member of the Advisory Board at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, New York.