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About Institutional and Community Engagement

The primary objective of the Office of Institutional and Community Engagement (ICE) is to facilitate, coordinate, and document the implementation of NSU’s institutional and community initiatives and to direct and disseminate information about the systematic, integrated processes that assess them. The Office provides resources and assistance to students, faculty, administration and staff of Nova Southeastern University as well as to NSU’s community affiliates.

Who Are We

  • Barbara Packer-MultiDr. Barbara Packer-Muti, Executive Director
    Phone: (954) 262-5398
    Email: packerb@nova.edu

Barbara Packer-Muti, EdD is the Executive Director of Institutional and Community Engagement at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).  She has worked at NSU for 28 years in a variety of capacities, including Dean of Academic Affairs at the Fischler School of Education (FSE), Director of the Applied Research Center at FSE and Director of Doctoral Studies in Audiology and Speech-Language at FSE.  Dr. Packer-Muti holds faculty rank at the NSU and teaches coursework at FSE as well as in the Institute for Health and Human Services as well as serving as dissertation chairs for doctoral students in FSE and in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Dr. Packer-Muti has been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Broward County for 7 years and is passionate about the children for whom she advocates.  She is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, of Teachers College, Columbia University and earned her doctoral degree at NSU.

Nicholas Pascucci, M.S. is the Administrative Coordinator to Dr. Packer-Muti in the Office of Institutional and Community Engagement.  Nicholas is a retired veteran serving over 20 years in the United States Coast Guard.  He is also a high school basketball coach with strong ties to the community.  He is extremely passionate about ensuring student athletes have an opportunity to continue their education in order to obtain a better life.  Nicholas organizes basketball camps for inner-city students giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of college coaches.  He has helped a plethora of student athletes obtain a college degree; a few of his players are in the NBA or playing professional overseas. 

What We Do

  • Coordinate the compilation of all community outreach activities through NSU’s Community Collaboration Database.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Community Collaboration Committee and NSU’s Community Task Force
  • Provide resources to faculty for curricular service learning
  • Review SACS and Carnegie standards to ensure that the assessment of these data will meet those needs
  • Identify areas/pockets of community involvement not previously identified.
  • Assess community affiliates through an annual survey to provide feedback from the affiliates to program deans, directors and to NSU’s central administration
  • Coordinate specialized annual awards to faculty, administrators and staff for community involvement
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