Joe Salvatore and Pedro Noguera have been awarded NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to five faculty members at NYU who exemplify King’s spirit through their teaching, public service, leadership, and community-building activities.
Salvatore, a clinical assistant professor of educational theatre in Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, was recognized for his leadership as a faculty fellow in residence at NYU’s 3rd North Residence Hall. Among the programs Salvatore has instituted for students living in the dorm: HIV/AIDS education, bullying awareness, and ‘Pay Attention,’ a campaign, which challenges residents to take action against hate speech. “The programs Joe Salvatore has created have not only created a safe space for LGBT members of the community, but have challenged and motivated us to take action to fight against discrimination,” wrote a 3rd North resident in his nomination letter.
Noguera, Steinhardt’s Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, was recognized for advocating for educational equity on behalf of the urban poor and for conveying his “insight, knowledge, and passion” for educational reform to his students. A professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Noguera has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts throughout the United States. He is the author of City Schools and the American Dream and co-editor of Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools. “If it could be mandatory for every student of every race to take Pedro Noguera’s class, the schools would be better for it,” wrote an NYU student nominating his professor for the award.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by NYU’s Office of the Provost in partnership with the Assistant Vice President for Diversity.