Isabel Nazario Honored at Jets-Eagles Game

Posted Sep 28, 2015

Rutgers Associate VP Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Isabel Nazario, associate vice president for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers University, received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award at the Jets-Eagles game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

"I am greatly humbled and honored to have been selected by the NFL, the Jets and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to receive this award in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month," Nazario said. "I extend my deep gratitude to Hispanics from around the nation for contributing to the strengthening and building of our nation. It is their achievements that I am proud to celebrate with the Jets and the foundation."

Isabel came to Rutgers from New York City in 1992 when she was appointed as the founding director of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture. Under her leadership the Latino Center received several awards, including the New Jersey Exemplary State Award for developing innovative educational programs and creating a Latino cultural plan to document statewide Latino arts and cultural achievements.

Before attaining her current position, she was the first Latina at Rutgers to be appointed as associate vice president for academic and public partnerships in the arts and humanities and held that role from 2004-13. She was the director of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture on the university's New Brunswick campus from 1992-2004, and from 2002-04 she served as executive director of the Office for Intercultural Initiatives at Rutgers.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation have partnered for the fifth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2015 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Each award recipient recognized during Week 3 of the season has selected an organization that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation. Isabel has chosen the Breast Cancer Resource Center, YWCA Princeton, to receive this donation.

A national spotlight is shining on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.


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