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Legacy of a Latinx Leader

Nancy “Rusty” Barceló has shaped history.

She has been a catalyst and champion for change in higher education – not just on the University of Iowa campus but across the nation.

Barceló – nicknamed Rusty because of the bright red hair on her head when she was born – grew up in California, surrounded by her Mexican heritage. She came to the University of Iowa in the 1970s to pursue a master’s degree. There were very few students of color, and she felt incredibly isolated that first winter.

Learn how generations of Hawkeyes are benefiting from her efforts.

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