Meet the Staff

Nicole Bartolozzi


University Innovation Alliance Fellow


University Innovation Alliance Fellow Nicole Bartolozzi

A servant leader with a passion for student success, Nicole M. Bartolozzi has spent her career in higher education committed to making a difference. Before being named the UIA Fellow for Iowa State University, she was the assistant director for the Hixson Opportunity Awards and National Student Exchange Program at Iowa State where she facilitated workshops with campus partners and focused on leadership and curriculum development for peer mentors and first-year students. Nicole's dedication to service and advocacy extends to her roles as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Division of Student Affairs at Iowa State and President of the Greek Alumni Alliance, her work in the community serving on boards for Back 2 School Iowa, Investing In My Future, the University Committee on Fraternities and Sororities, and as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the local, regional, and national levels.

Prior to this position, she served as the program coordinator for Academic Coaching and Outreach and as the graduate assistant for the Hixson Opportunity Awards and National Student Exchange Program, Iowa State Parents’ Association, and Office of Multicultural Affairs Academic Program for Excellence at Iowa State University. In addition to her work at Iowa State, Nicole is the owner of Last Minute Productions, a graphic design firm in Ames, and a proud aunt to seven wonderful nieces and nephews.

Nicole holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance and a master's degree in Higher Education - Student Affairs with an emphasis on leadership and learning from Iowa State University. As an educator, she is inspired by the quote, “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘Because of you, I didn’t give up.’”

UIA Fellows are emerging higher education leaders who shepherd their member institution’s involvement in the UIA. Throughout their time in the program, UIA Fellows engage in professional development to help them prepare for subsequent leadership positions guiding university transformation toward the elimination of equity gaps for historically marginalized student populations.

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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Thiago Nogueira


Data Analyst II


Thiago Nogueira

Thiago aids in the successful implementation of the strategy for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by providing data patterns, trends, and insights to improve decision-making capabilities. His responsibilities include planning, conducting, and presenting research, analyzing organizational data related to the development, evaluation, and effectiveness of initiatives and programs, and the development and administration of a college-wide climate change survey.

Thiago earned bachelor's degrees in Science/Technology and Industrial Engineering at the Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri in Brazil. He holds a Master of Business Administration in General Management from Tiffin University. Nogueira is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified and a process improvement specialist with extensive knowledge in data analysis, business intelligence, and strategic management. He enjoys a full life spending time with his family, being a father, playing soccer, talking politics, and relaxing when time allows.