Guest Speaker Session (Shared Interest)

Guest Speaker Sessions

A Case for Diversity and Equity in an Era of Retrenchment

Thursday, June 1
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
LACC, Room 411

At a time of dramatic social and political transformation, institutions of higher education are being challenged on multiple levels to honor their missions of diversity and equity. As resistance against this critical work has grown, we are called upon to address issues ranging from immigration to increased violence and hate speech on our campuses to mandates by legislative and governing bodies related to costs and accountability. Considering the pressures on all sides, institutions are struggling to develop strategies that both build on the work of the past and explore alternative paths to diversity and equity. Dr. Rusty Barcelo, noted specialist on diversity in higher education, examines how to leverage equity and diversity as a strategy for the continued transformation of higher education to the benefit of all.

Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló served as President of Northern New Mexico College from July 2010 to December 2015, and is currently on sabbatical.

Known nationally for her diversity work in higher education, she brings a 30-year career at the university level to Northern. She oversaw the College as it continued its transition to a quality four-year institution that remains committed to providing associate degrees and certificates.Barceló received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Chico State College, her Master of Arts degree in Recreational Education from the University of Iowa, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa. Barceló is also a professor with extensive teaching experience in Northern’s College of Education. Prior to her appointment as President of Northern, Barceló served as founding Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota. From 2001 to 2006, she served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Washington, and from 1996 to 2001 as Associate Vice President for Multicultural and Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Barceló held various positions at the University of Iowa from 1975 to 1996 including Assistant Provost and Assistant Dean with the Office of Academic Affairs. She has served on numerous national, regional and campus committees and boards.

Barceló is recognized nationally for her diversity and multicultural presentations. She has received many awards, including the NACCS 2012 Scholar award (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies), the New Mexico Hispano Round Table “Walk the Talk” award, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Iowa.


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