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Nicole Kaufman Glasgow

  • Gender: Female
  • University: Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
  • Undergraduate Degree: Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
  • Hometown: Washington, D.C.
  • Organization: Florida International University
  • Position Title: Associate Vice Provost of Operations and Strategy Implementation
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Miami Advisory Council

Ms. Glasgow was born in Washington, DC and raised there by parents who were both native New Yorkers. Her father was a Department of Education employee who oversaw special education research, before serving as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon. She grew up surrounded by educators and education policy makers and indicates that this environment instilled in her empathy for others and the desire to create positive change in the world.

She attended Rutgers University, earning a bachelor's degree in Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. While there, she also worked with her peers to create a "People's School of English," providing free language classes to the local undocumented community. She then completed a master’s degree in Communications at Florida International University.

She says her first job out of school was “the toughest job I would ever face” – as a bilingual, sixth grade teacher at Julio de Burgos Bilingual Middle School in North Philadelphia. Seeing the lack of access, there, to a safe, equitable education for her students, motivated her to devote herself to closing that gap, through her work and community service.

“I continue to be both personally and professionally vested in education from a social justice perspective, as well as an economic development perspective,” she said. This dual focus is fundamental to her current role as Associate Vice Provost at Florida International University, where she facilitates the implementation of the school’s strategic plans, serving diverse stakeholders, which include the surrounding community.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Miami Foundation and HSF’s Miami Advisory Council, among other organizations she serves.

Her advice for soon-to-be college graduates? “Be curious and stay thirsty for knowledge…acknowledge your roles as agents of change, for and with our community.” And she adds: “I encourage everyone to build a ‘personal board’ of mentors.”