SPEA assistant professor Cullen Merritt strives to make a connection with each student who enters his classroom.
“You don’t have to move mountains” he says. “Students often just want a word of encouragement and to know they have an advocate.”
That approach has made Merritt a memorable and impactful instructor for many who walk into his classroom. This year, it also earned him a special honor from IUPUI’s Black Student Union.
Each year, the BSU selects a faculty member as the recipient of its Advocate of a Dream award. They choose someone who exemplifies the values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and uses their professional role to positively impact the lives of students. The BSU presented Merritt with the award during the 50th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner in Indianapolis, the largest event in Indiana honoring Dr. King.