Image of MLK holding speech, with text "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Admin & Staff Award"

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrator and Staff Award is sponsored by the NYU Administrative Management Council (AMC) and the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI). The award is presented to one administrator and one union staff who embodies what it means to be an inclusive and just leader, including a proven history of respectfully serving their teammates at all levels. In addition, the recipients of this award demonstrate a commitment to enriching and serving their communities, as exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Current NYU administrators, staff, students, faculty, alumni (NYU email required) may submit nominations. Award recipients are chosen by a committee of administrators, staff, and student leaders.


2022 Award Recipient

Headshot - Karin Burrell

Karin Burrell

Department Manager, History

Faculty of Arts and Science

An NYU alumna, Karin Burrell is a mentor and leadership strategist who embodies inclusive leadership. Burrell has been an active and vocal member of the NYU community for more than three decades and her devotion to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion is evidenced by the concrete changes she’s implemented within her department and beyond.

Burrell has actively served on the AMC's Administrators for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE) Committee for several years. In 2016, she was central to the creation of the Department of History’s diversity committee, which she has co-chaired since its inception. She was also instrumental in the launch of the department’s Students of Color Forum, which seeks to provide a supportive space for graduate students of color to connect and collectively work toward building an inclusive culture within the department. Due to her efforts to make sure students feel their voices are heard, Karin is known as a resource for students and staff.

Burrell is an active and powerful voice for underprivileged and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty at NYU. She works in solidarity with other communities—actively encouraging allies to transform into accomplices.


Award recipients will receive professional development support in the form of a stipend or reimbursement. They will also be announced and celebrated during the NYU MLK Week University-Wide Event on February 10, 2022.