Ricardo Nazario-Colon, M.S.T.

Mr. Ricardo Nazario-Colón is the Director of the University of Kentucky's Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center. Mr. Nazario-Colón received his M.S.T. degree in Secondary Education (Spanish) from Pace University in New York City and his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He is a former United States Marine where he served with distinction and honor for eight years.

He has worked as a faculty member for the New York City Public School System and as an administrator for the City University of New York System. He also served as New York State Director for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. where he implemented policy, developed programming and conducted risk management for 39 chapters of the organization.

Mr. Nazario-Colón has been published in several magazines, newspapers and journals including the: Thinker Review: Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium: Aphros and Arts Across Kentucky. In addition he was featured in the documentary Coal Black Voices, which was aired by Kentucky Education Television.

As an educator, Mr. Nazario-Colón research includes: The Differences in Secondary Language Acquisition Between Adult and Student Learners; Similarities and Differences in the Afro-Caribbean Poetry of the Spanish Antilles and The Impact of Cultural Education on Higher Education Student Retention.

He serves in the board of the following organizations: Association of Black Culture Centers, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Also he is a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, National Career Development Association, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Outstanding Young Women of American Nominating Committee and National Organization of Student Personnel Administrators.

Mr. Nazario-Colón was the recipient of the 2000 - Samuel M. Bodie Award; 2001 -Accordia, Daniel J. Tann, Esq. Award and 2002 - Accordia, Harris & Harris, Daniel J. Tann Award - In recognition of Outstanding and Excellence in Area Risk Management for the Eastern Region of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.