2022 Award Recipient

Quemuel "Q" Arroyo

Portrait of Quemuel "Q" Arroyo

Quemuel “Q” Arroyo (CAS ’12, Wagner ’20) is the first chief accessibility officer at the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

As Chief Accessibility Officer of the MTA, Arroyo leads the implementation of policies, initiatives, and programs that redefine and advance accessibility throughout the largest public transportation organization in North America.

Before joining the MTA, Arroyo served as Interim President and Global Head of Community at Charge, an e-scooter charging and docking company. His work on accessibility and universal design is recognized worldwide by governments, nonprofits, and the private sector.

Arroyo lives in Harlem and serves on the boards of New York City Outward Bound Schools, Hudson River Community Sailing, Positive Exposure, Project Sunshine, and the Heidi Latsky Dance Company. He is a quintessential New Yorker and an avid deep-sea scuba diver.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award is annually presented to a humanitarian within the NYU community who embodies and exemplifies the characteristics promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—"a vision of peace, persistence in purpose, and inspirational action." The recipient must be an NYU alumnus or alumna, or a current NYU faculty or staff member.

The 2022 Humanitarian Award recipient will be celebrated during NYU MLK Week (February 7–12).