Nadia Williams, Director of Parsons Scholars Pre-College Program

Since 2007, Nadia has worked with the Parsons Scholars Program, which is a college access and preparation program for NYC public high school students who are passionate about pursuing higher education in the visual arts.  Nadia has worked in a wide range of NYC public schools as a teaching artist, and since 2003 she has been teaching Fashion Design at Parsons in the Pre-College Academy with a focus on exploring the long-lasting implications of our actions as designers.  This year, she is the staff advisor for 2 incredible student groups: the New School Dream Team and the forthcoming Sisters Art Salon (SAS), which aims to build community and visibility for women artists of color at The New School. As an alumna of Parsons’ Fashion Design program, Nadia feels deeply connected to her work at the New School, which allows her to address many of the same issues she witnessed and experienced as a student.

Outside of the New School, Nadia collaborates with the organization Fábrica Social in Mexico and as an interviewer for the Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history project Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations. She is also involved in creating an inclusive community food co-op in her neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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