David J. Luke, Ph.D.
Dr. David J. Luke joined the University of Michigan-Flint campus as the Director of the Intercultural Center in 2018 after working approximately three years in the University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity as Assistant and Associate Director of the Martin Luther King Center and subsequently as Director of the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives, while completing his graduate studies in sociology.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, David is a fiercely proud alumnus of Grand Valley State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, subsequently working as an accountant and earning his Certified Public Accountant license. David returned to school to study sociology and earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology in 2012. In May, 2018, he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology with a dissertation focusing on affirmative action, diversity programs, and racial inequality in higher education. Dr. Luke has presented his research at numerous regional and national conferences, and has authored or co-authored articles about interracial relationships, race and class inequality, racial progress, and co-authored the 2014 book The Causes of Structural Unemployment: Four Factors that Keep People from the Jobs They Deserve, published by Polity. As a classroom instructor at the University of Kentucky, David taught classes in the Sociology department, like Inequalities In Society and Race and Ethnic Relations (both cross-listed with African American and Africana Studies) and earned awards from both the Department of Sociology and the College of Arts & Sciences for his exemplary teaching. Beyond academic research and classroom instruction, David takes great joy in applying his knowledge to providing programming, student support, and other efforts to increase the sense of belonging among people of color and other marginalized students, faculty, and staff, and is grateful for the opportunity to do this work as part of the UM-Flint family.