Image of Dr. Pat Carey with text, 'Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award'

The Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student leader who embodies humility, compassion, and strong character. Serving as advocates for the betterment of communities across difference, this award recognizes two individuals that personify what it means to be a leader and a changemaker. The recipients of this award demonstrate a commitment to enriching and providing service to their communities as exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Patricia M. Carey (Steinhardt, PhD ’82).


2020 Award Recipients

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Undergraduate Student Award Recipient

Kohtaro Kosugiyama (Liberal Studies '20)

Kohtaro’s involvement on campus has centered IDBE initiatives at NYU and a commitment to build community across difference. Some key accomplishments and involvement on campus include serving as: a chair of the Liberal Studies student task force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Outreach Assistant at the Office of Global Programs managing the Global Equity Fellows program and focusing on outreach to underrepresented students studying away; and a former Global Equity Fellow at NYU Madrid.

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Graduate Student Award Recipient

Hui-Ling Sunshine Malone (Steinhardt '20)

Among Hui-Ling's most noteworthy contributions has been her groundbreaking work with the Youth Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality, a youth justice platform that serves vulnerable Black and Brown youth and created to stimulate the ongoing development of students and teachers within the nested ecologies of schools and communities leveraging education research for racial equity, social intervention, and participatory innovation.

The deadline for award nominations was Monday, December 2, 2019. Award recipients will be celebrated at the NYU MLK Week University-Wide Event on February 6.