nicci port (she | her | hers) serves as Project Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Gender & Sexual Diversity Initiatives.
For the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, nicci serves as point for the Inclusive Action Commission, Faculty and Staff Associations, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Awards and directs projects such as the Inclusion Initiatives Grant Program, University Award for Inclusive Excellence, and Inclusion@IowaState. She is also the division's primary contact for work around gender and sexual diversity (GSD) and topics that are important to the LGBTQ+ community.
GSD initiatives nicci is currently advancing are inclusive restrooms/facilities at ISU, trans-inclusive healthcare in the city of Ames, connections to and between LGBTQ-affirming groups on campus, relationships with city government and non-profit agencies in the area, and outreach to/committee service for efforts that center the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Next on her list are the creation of Pride Summit Ames, a university committee on GSD/LGBTQ+ matters, and continued work with anyone interested in the mantra:
Find Your Motivation | Decide to Act | Collaborate | Focus on Positive Change | Assume Goodwill
nicci joined the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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. Prior to her current role, nicci was active in inclusion initiatives 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 selection of ISU’s first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and the authoring of our university’s 2017-22 strategic plan.
nicci earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she studied Counseling and Student Personnel - College Student Affairs. She is a native of Iowa and is a fan of movies, live music, her scooter and Iowa State athletics.