Isabel Nazario Biography

Isabel Nazario's Photograph

Isabel Nazario is Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and has been at Rutgers University since 1992, when she was appointed founding director of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture.  As an advisor to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs she is responsible for developing strategic initiatives in the arts and humanities; and advises on inclusion and diversity strategies system wide.

During her 12 year tenure as director of the Center she established a three tier program structure, to include academic focus, student affairs and community engagement. She worked closely with artists from the tristate region to form a collection for the center.  Nazario has been a member of the academic affairs administration since 2004, when she was appointed Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Partnerships in the Arts and Humanities.  In addition, the Latino Center she also founded The Collaborative, a center for community-based service learning and public scholarship at Rutgers.  Within The Collaborative, she established the Bonner Leader Student Program and the Advancing Community Development partnerships.  In 2015, she was appointed to her current post.

Isabel Nazario holds an M.F.A. and a B.A., both from Queens College, CUNY, where she graduated magna cum laude with a focus in art history and the fine arts. Currently her office is responsible for administering the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, and co-chairs the President’s Latino Advisory Council. She oversees the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and Images/Imagenes, an Emmy award winning Latina/o documentary/media program. 

Prior to Rutgers, Isabel Nazario was a curator of exhibitions and education in museums in New York City and taught Caribbean art history courses as an adjunct at CUNY and Rutgers University. She has extensive experience as an academic administrator, arts director; and as an analyst of museum management; and curatorial and fundraising experience in the arts and museum education. For eight years she was an Associate in the Museum Program in the New York State Council for the Arts. As a visual artist she has participated in numerous exhibitions and has served on panels at NJ Council for the Arts; and led a program assessment team to review the NJ Council for the Humanities on behalf of the National Endowment of the Humanities.