Stella Flores, associate professor of higher education at NYU Steinhardt, took part in the White House Summit on Advancing Postsecondary Diversity and Inclusion on November 18, 2016. The panel was chaired by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
In her testimony, Flores noted that researchers must communicate the strategies and interventions most likely to increase diversity and inclusion. She added that given the growing diversity of the American population, researchers have a responsibility to undertake and translate research that can reach different cultural, geographic, and generational constituents.
She said, “Increasing diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education is not just a postsecondary responsibility, it is an endeavor that will also have to be adopted and engaged by the K-12 education, state policy sector, the private industry and the ever changing technological sector.”
Flores was part of “Research-based Practices and Strategies,” a panel that discussed research and data-driven approaches to ensuring access and student success in higher education. A scholar whose work has been cited in Supreme Court cases on affirmative action in higher education admissions, Flores serves as director of access and equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy.