Assistant Professor Diversity and Inclusion and Director of Parsons Scholars Program
As Director of the Parsons Scholars Program, Nadia Williams has cultivated a space where youth from NYC public schools explore art and design college and career paths in a curriculum that centers people of color. Nadia is an alumna of the CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute) Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and co-founder of the Radical Mama Educator inquiry-to-action group through NYCoRE (NY Collective of Radical Educators). She is an organizational member of Race Forward’s Racial Equity Art Innovation Lab, and sits on the National Advisory Council of NCORE (National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education).
Nadia is a graduate of the Parsons BFA Fashion Design department who began her career designing in corporate environments, and later moved to Mexico, where her design practice shifted to explore part of her cultural identity and her commitment to social justice. As faculty, Nadia has collaborated on a range of university-wide access, equity and justice related initiatives, and is continually impressed by the continuum of students who hold The New School accountable to social justice values.
Nadia’s teaching, creative and parenting practices are all commitments to sustaining the brilliant legacies of historically marginalized communities. Her 14+ years of teaching undergraduate design courses at Parsons and in numerous K-12 public schools have been an active source of joy and hope for the future.
Outstanding Advisor to a Student Group, 2014
University Social Justice Service Award, 2015
Woman of the Week, for outstanding professional and civic accomplishments at TNS, 2016
Access, Equity & Justice (Fall 2019)