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Interim Director of Centro Hispano

Natalie Picazo photoNatalie Picazo has been named Interim Director of Centro Hispano, in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.   Her appointment was made effective August 1, 2013.  Picazo previously served as lecturer at Watson College of Education during 2008-2012, facilitating courses on understanding the diverse needs of English Language Learners in North Carolina. 

Picazo holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from East Carolina University, a Bachelor of Social Work from Appalachian State University, and English as a Second Language teaching Licensure from North Carolina State University.   She has worked in the field of education, serving Hispanic immigrant students in North Carolina, for the past seventeen years.  Thirteen of those years were spent working in Pender County Schools, where she was able to directly serve Hispanic students and their families. 

Picazo is a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and has presented workshops on SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) and WIDA standards (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment).  She has served as Board Member and Treasurer of HOLA (Helping Our Latin Americans), as a translator in the Rotary International Discovery Team in Lurin, Peru, and as a Rotary Volunteer in Barcelona, Spain at an after school center for children of immigrants.  She has aided in supporting an orphanage in Lurin, Peru for more than 20 years and continues to appreciate global diversity through travel.

Picazo has nine years of residency in Peru and Bolivia, native fluency in speaking, reading and writing Spanish, and deep knowledge of North Carolina’s Hispanic culture, as well as Hispanic cultures in the Caribbean, South America and Spain. She is strongly positioned to promote the understanding and appreciation of diverse Hispanic cultures within UNCW’s student body, faculty and staff.  Picazo looks forward to serving the UNCW family and working with the community to advocate for and support the growing number of Hispanic students applying, attending and completing degrees at UNCW.


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