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Diane Ariza is Nazareth's First VP for Diversity and Inclusion

Published January 04, 2018

Nazareth College welcomes Diane Ariza as its first vice president for Diversity and Inclusion (VPDI), a new role that will act as the College’s highest-ranking diversity administrator. The VPDI is an organizational change agent in an integrative role that leads, coordinates, enhances, and supervises the formal diversity effort to create and sustain an environment that is inclusive and responsive to all. Ariza begins in January 2018.

“We are very excited about welcoming Diane to Nazareth and look forward to working with her as we continue to build a community that prepares students to live in a diverse world, to live and work with people across differences,” said President Daan Braveman.

The VPDI will provide strategic diversity leadership through significant collaborations and/or partnerships with the entire Nazareth campus community. These initiatives will develop within the campus community the knowledge, understanding, and skills to respect diversity and equity, engagement across difference, and development of an inclusive global perspective.

“Nazareth’s commitment to social justice and civic engagement provides a fertile ground for me to work with students, helping them to be active leaders and learners in advancing diversity and inclusion for all, and bettering the world,” said Ariza.

Ariza is coming to Nazareth College from her role as associate vice president and chief diversity officer at Quinnipiac University, where she served as the university’s executive level diversity and inclusion and global strategist. She oversaw the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement bringing multicultural, education abroad, global partnerships and initiatives, international services, and the Albert Schweitzer Institute (international service learning) all under one cohesive entity.

She has more than 20 years of administrative and leadership experience, teaching, and institutional planning in reinforcing the values of academic excellence, equity, inclusion, multicultural and global diversity in higher education. Along with Quinnipiac, she’s worked at several universities including: Western Michigan University, Oakland University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Albion College.

Ariza has also taught courses in the areas of Caribbean identity and diaspora; children of immigrants, equity issues in school systems; multicultural and global competency; and global health disparities.

Ariza earned her bachelor’s from Stetson University, and both her master’s in anthropology and doctorate in sociology and ethnic studies from Western Michigan University.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.