Meet the Team

Dawn Bratsch-Prince

Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Dawn Bratsch-Prince

Dawn Bratsch-Prince is serving as Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in addition to her roles as Associate Provost for Faculty and professor of Spanish at Iowa State University. She provides leadership in recruiting, advancing, and retaining excellent faculty. Among her responsibilities are faculty development and success; orientation and mentoring; promotion, tenure and advancement; honors and recognitions; Faculty Handbook policy development; faculty conduct, grievances, and appeals; and programming for department chairs, school directors, and emerging campus leaders. She leads development of policies and initiatives that further Iowa State University's strategic goal of cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where students, faculty, and staff flourish. Bratsch-Prince has oversight of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Institutional Research, the ISU Ombuds Office, and the ISU ADVANCE Program. 

Prior to her appointment as associate provost, Bratsch-Prince served from 2007-2010 as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where her portfolio included international activities and study abroad; distance and online education; faculty orientation; and faculty and staff awards in the College. She served as director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences International Studies Program and was interim director of the Women's Studies Program.

A member of the Iowa State faculty since 1990, Bratsch-Prince served as chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures from 2002-2008.  As chair, Bratsch-Prince led a realignment of the department’s mission and broadened its emphasis to better serve students who seek credentials in another language and culture. She was key to the development of a second major in Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP), the establishment of student internships, the formal renaming of the department, and the creation of a unified major in World Languages and Cultures. She has been recognized with both the College- and University-level awards for Outstanding Departmental Leadership. She was recognized by the Iowa World Language Association for her work on articulation and advocacy in world language education. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL), and served as ADFL president in 2010.  

Bratsch-Prince’s research interests in medieval Iberian studies are broad. She has published two books as well as numerous articles on historical linguistics, medieval translation, women’s writings, the politics of marriage and motherhood, and canon formation. 

Bratsch-Prince is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish from New York University. She holds a doctoral degree in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rose McCarty


Executive Administrative Assistant


Rose McCarty

Rose provides executive administrative support to Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and also serves as the Cost Center Manager.

Rose has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and brings experience to this position from her roles at The Office of the State Archaeologist, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and ISU Dining.

She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling (especially to southeast Asia), watching professional soccer, and gives back to the community through volunteering with her sister’s non-profit organization, Houses into Homes.

nicci port


Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Outreach and Community Engagement


nicci port

In their role, port facilitates partnerships and collaboration to help organizations achieve diversity, equity and inclusion goals in service to a more inclusive Iowa State. They collaborate with a broad cross-section of campus and local community organizations to develop programs and initiatives, effect organizational change and build relationships between those who have similar DEI objectives. 

On campus, port assists ISU organizations in their DEI efforts by consulting during initial planning stages, making connections with subject matter experts, collaborating during implementation and engaging the ISU community in those efforts.  In Ames and beyond, she cultivates community-university partnerships with neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations and other community groups whose work impacts Iowa State University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Prior to their current role, they served as director for gender and sexual diversity initiatives and still are the contact for conversations around gender and sexual diversity (GSD) and topics that are important to the LGBTQ+ community. 

port joined the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office after 15 years at Iowa State and is known as a creative and connective problem-solver who brings people together to address matters that are important to the Iowa State community. port was active in equity efforts through founding, chairing, and/or advising numerous LGBTQ-affirming groups, co-founding ISU’s Faculty and Staff Association Council, and organizing the participation of underrepresented faculty, staff and students in campus-wide initiatives such as ISU’s reaccreditation process, the creation and selection of ISU’s first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and the authoring of our university’s 2017-22 strategic plan. 

port earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she studied Counseling and Student Personnel - College Student Affairs. She was born and raised in Iowa and is a fan of movies, live music, her scooter and Iowa State athletics. 

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