Stella M. Flores and R. Luke DuBois Honored with NYU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award

Stella M. Flores and R. Luke DuBois have been awarded NYU’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to faculty members who exemplify King’s spirit through their teaching, public service, leadership, and community-building activities.

Maurice Shirley, a doctoral candidate in Steinhardt’s Higher Education Program, presented Stella Flores with NYU’s MLK Award.

Flores is Steinhardt’s associate dean for faculty development and diversity.  An associate professor of higher education, she also serves as director of access and equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy.  Students nominators found Flores to be an “extraordinary teacher, scholar, mentor, and proponent of change.”  In one letter, a student wrote that her professor modeled civic action around issues of equity, inclusion, and social change.  “Professor Flores has helped students develop projects that can be transformed into activism,” the student wrote. “She generates conversations that truly raise awareness about how underrepresented, forgotten, and underserved populations can best be served.”

R. Luke Dubois received NYU’s MLK Award for his work on behalf of people with disabilities.

R. Luke DuBois is an associate professor with a joint appointment at NYU Steinhardt, the Tandon School of Engineering, and Tisch School of the Arts.  A faculty member of Steinhardt’s music technology program, he is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. Students praised DuBois for making inclusion a top priority and for his leadership in disability studies as evidenced by his work at NYU’s Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to exploring the intersection between disability and technology. DuBois’ support of students who took part in last year’s Hack the Ban hackathon was also noted.  A student wrote of DuBois, “He inspires us to create things that can be used by as many people as possible.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by NYU’s Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs.  Current NYU students nominate faculty and recipients are chosen by a committee of past recipients and student leaders.