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).

Nominations for the Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award may be submitted by students, faculty, staff/administrators, alumni, or other members of the NYU community.


2022 Award Recipients

Headshot - Mehrin Ali

Undergraduate Award Recipient

Mehrin Ali (CAS ’22)

Mehrin Ali (she/her/hers) has been a trailblazing leader in the betterment of historically marginalized communities—both at New York University and in New York City. Much like the efforts and commitment exhibited by Dr. King and Dr. Carey, Mehrin exudes kindness and compassion and harbors a deep commitment to change as she engages with people across differences.

Headshot - Khadija Kamara

Graduate Award Recipient

Khadija Kamara (GPH ’22)

Working from an intersectional perspective, Khadija Kamara (she/her/hers) serves alongside historically marginalized communities to effect change. In addition to teaching people with a range of disabilities and engaging in racial and gender work on a global scale, Khadija worked as a contract tracer during COVID-19. In alignment with the leadership of Dr. King and Dr. Carey, Khadija leads with humility, compassion, and a spirit of change-making, specifically through a lens of public health.


Award recipients will be announced and celebrated during the NYU MLK Week University-Wide Event on February 10, 2022.