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).
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.
In addition to his work on campus, Kohtaro has been deeply involved in leadership on a global scale through his intern at the United Nations on a team dedicated to human rights initiatives; serving as a founder of the Tomoni Group (formally KUHIO Group), an organization aiming to achieve Unity in Diversity, and as a first course of action, hosted the Global Leaders Forum for Youth; and serving as a Davis UWC (United World Colleges) Scholar giving talks to youth (over 1500 in total) at different cultural settings about the importance of embracing diversity in achieving peace in today's globalizing world.
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.
Hui-Ling has been instrumental to projects that helped reimagine NYU’s urban (teacher) education program, worked in partnership with communities of color in the South Bronx, and led as a scholar-activist focused on research and practice that centers racial and gender justice, to name a few of her key accomplishments. One of her nominators wrote: "I know and have worked with Dr. Pat Carey for 15 years. I can attest that Hui-Ling lives in the spirit of her work. Like Dr. Carey, Hui-Ling is one of the most exciting and promising advocates of a new world."